The Fawcett Society has found that 'the use of lap dancing clubs and the display of pornography in a work context is a major new threat to women's equality at work'.
Some interesting statistics found by the report include:
- 41 per cent of UK lap dancing clubs directly target employers through marketing on their websites.
- 86 per cent of lap dancing clubs in London provide 'discrete receipts' which enable employees to claim back expenses from their employer without it being evident the money was spent in a lap dancing club.
- 26 per cent of trade unions have received enquiries from members who have been exposed to the sex industry (including pornography) at work.
- Existing research has also revealed that 20 per cent of men admit accessing pornography at work.
The report calls for human resource teams to crack down on this problem.
The Equalities Minister, Harriet Harman, has joined the discussion by saying that attending lap dancing clubs should not be considered a legitimate business expense and should not be subsidised by taxpayers. She declared: "It's wrong, both in excluding women in the workplace, but is also part of a larger industry of exploitation of women and selling sex..."
The Treasury will shortly be issuing guidance.