Workplace (sexual) harassment costs billions* to economy through:
1) Burdening businesses with 'absenteeism, lower productivity, increased health-care costs, ... employee turnover'* and legal costs.
2) Reducing tax revenue due to higher (from 1. above) tax-deductible business costs.
3) Draining tax resource for health care to traumatized harassment/sexual assault victims and secondary-traumatized family including children.
DETERRENCE of harassers should be the aim of resolution, rather than current policy resulting silence victims by paying-off.
Public consultation for Labour policy change on this should specifically invite victims with personal experience, rather than current focus on ‘experts’ and ‘professionals’ who do not experience it themselves.
**Reference: "...a typical Fortune 500 corporation blighted by sexual harassment incidents can expect to lose $14.02 million adjusted for inflation annually..." from http://www.businessinsider.com/sexual-harassment-affects-nearly-everyone-2017-11. Many other similar sources report on economic costs of workplace (sexual) harassment.