Workplace sexism is rising, with almost three quarters (72 per cent) of women claiming they have been bullied because of their gender.
Women in 2006 feel more bullied at work than they did in 2002, legal services company Peninsula reports. The survey of 2,067 female staff found the amount of women feeling bullied at work rose from 67 per cent in 2002 to 72 per cent this year.
Only eight per cent of women surveyed said they would report an incident of bullying to their employer.
More than four in five (82 per cent) women think their gender has damaged their ability to progress in their career, up four per cent from 2002.
Managing director of Peninsula Peter Done said equal opportunity policies are an important part of employment contracts and business should communicate this to staff to avoid legal problems.
"Tribunals are increasingly looking at written policies and procedures enforced by employers and will almost certainly find an employer to be failing in their duty of care if they do not have a written and well-publicised equal opportunities policy," he said.