UKGC Speaks Out Against Gambling Industry Sexism

Published Monday, February 05, 2018 -
UKGC Speaks Out Against Gambling Industry Sexism

The times are changing even for the gambling industry with a call to end sexism in the sector. Everyone is keeping a close eye open for signs of trouble in the world of betting with regards to uncalled for advances and actions not appropriate to a fair and gender neutral environment especially in the workplace.

A call has been made by the Gambling Commission in Britain to bring an end to sexism in the gambling industry. Outgoing chief executive of the Commission Sarah Harrison referred to the ICE Totally Gaming event at the ExCeL, where she said the regulator could boycott the event unless the sexist attitude is changed.

It has been suggested that events in the past presented “scantily clad” women on stands promoting some gambling products and services.  Harrison said that her experience at a previous event prompted her to talk with top participants in the gambling industry about what she described as a “significant stain on the industry’s reputation.”  

Harrison spoke at the International Casino Conference  saying, “This is an industry where we have a number of talented, powerful and successful women,”  “Yet from walking around the exhibition you wouldn’t know this; instead you saw men representing their companies wearing expensive tailored suits whilst their female colleagues were expected to wear nothing more than swimsuits. I say bring this to an end now.” Adding, “And to go further, any future participation by the Gambling Commission in events like this will depend on there being change.” The European Casino Association and Clarion Gaming have issued an open letter in support of the UKGC.  

The Guardian news outlet reported that a portion of the letter read,  “In the spirit of the 21st century, when both women and men play strategic and decision-making roles in businesses, we encourage all exhibitors to mindfully represent support staff promoting their products at the show in a non-offensive and non-stereotyping way.”




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