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Petition to stop sexual harassment signed by 70,000 after Presidents Club scandal

Thousands have signed a petition to stop sexual harassment in the workplace (Picture: Change.org)

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition for more protection from sexual harassment in the workplace following the Presidents Club scandal.

The Change.org campaign was set up on Wednesday after allegations surfaced that hostesses were groped at the Presidents Club’s men-only annual fundraiser.

The petition calls for the reinstatement of Section 40 of the Equality Act, which made employers liable for an employee being harassed by a third party – such as a customer – if the employer did not take reasonable steps to prevent it. The section was repealed in 2013.