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Landmark report on sexism in the workplace isn’t ‘looking for villains’

The federal sex discrimination commissioner says a landmark report calling for an end to workplace sexism isn’t out to blame anyone.

Kate Jenkins says the aim is to spark discussion.

The report, released today by the Male Champions Of Change, challenges bosses to crack down on crude, cruel and thoughtless acts.

It says employers should not laugh at sexist jokes, should act when men speak over women, and should stop discussion of appearances.

“We’re not looking for villains or culprits; it’s just suggesting that if something makes a difference then you could be more conscious of it,” he said.

“It’s the assumptions and stereotypes that we’re really questioning.”

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