Catcalls and wolf-whistles are forms of harassment that can make the workplace a quite hostile environment--and male construction workers are learning that truth firsthand because they have become victims of it, at least at one worksite.
The stereotype is for male construction workers to be the ones making the catcalls and wolf-whistling at women as they walk near construction sites. However, at one construction site, female passersby are allegedly the ones whistling.
Officials at one college in the United Kingdom sent a memo to students warning them that they would face disciplinary action if they are caught making inappropriate comments to or directing whistles at construction workers on campus, the Telegraph reports. The memo called out female students specifically.
"It has come to the attention of the college that some female students have been making comments to, or whistling at, the builders both whilst on site and as they walk around the campus" Officials at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent, wrote in the memo.
The memo reminds students that such behavior is harassment.
"Although we are sure no offence is meant, this constitutes harassment and is wholly unacceptable," the memo said. "We have asked the contractors' representative to pass on all instances of harassment to the college and we will take appropriate action which may include disciplinary action."