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Handshakes Could Be Banned At Work To Avoid Sexual Harassment

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Handshakes Could Be Banned At Work To Avoid Sexual Harassment

Shaking hands with your coworkers t work may seem like something so normal, but it could be banned pretty soon!


Physical contact in the workplace has become a very touchy subject over the past year or so with the #MeToo movement being front and center.

However, it looks like there may be a new work ban that will stop coworkers from shaking hands with each other.

Related: Russell Simmons Embraces #MeToo in Fight to Get Rape Case Dismissed

According to employment expert Kate Palmer, an associate director of advisory at HR consultancy Peninsula said that banning a simple handshake could avoid those “grey areas.”

“Some employers may put a complete ban on physical contact. Whether that’s going too far or not is a question I would pose, because it’s contextual. Does shaking someone’s hand go too far? They may just say ‘no contact at all’ because there’s no grey area.”

Related: Arnold Schwarzenegger On #MeToo Movement, Admits He ‘Stepped Over The The Line Several Times’ With Women

Surprisingly, in a recent survey, 2,000 adults are for a complete ban of physical contact while at work which includes hands.

So the next time you go in for a job interview be very careful when it comes to shaking the hand of your potential new boss.

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