Sexual discrimination claims by workers have soared to a five-year high in the wake of the Me Too movement, new figures show.There has been an avalanche of complaints of workplace sexual discrimination in the last year according to employment law firm, GQ Littler who report that more than 9,300 claims have been made in the past year, marking a 69 per cent increase. Women are increasingly likely to come forward and report discrimination in the workplace since the birth of the #MeToo movement according to employment lawyers.Moves by companies to tackle sex discrimination, such as banning alcohol at work-related events, or discouraging hugging, are not preventing claims being made, said the law firm.Hannah Mahon of GQ Littler, said: “The increase in sex discrimination claims will raise questions over whether employers are doing enough to stamp out inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.”However Ms Mahon cautioned against companies going too far in an attempt to stave off gendered discrimination. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It’s clear that more needs to be done to eliminate discrimination. However, some rules, such as those that prohibit social interactions between members of the opposite sex, need to be carefully thought through and implemented with care.”There is a balance to be struck between effective anti-discrimination measures and measures that can marginalise women, for example by excluding them from work-related social activities or making it more difficult for them to receive mentoring,” she said. Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a charity which campaigns for gender equality said the increase in complaints shows more women feel confident to report instances of discrimination.”We know that sex discrimination is significantly under-reported, so it is encouraging that so many more women feel able to challenge it and bring claims. Increasingly they are calling Time’s Up on harassment and workplace discrimination,” she told The Telegraph.”Now we need a positive duty on employers to prevent discrimination and harassment and to drive a change in workplace culture.”Nicki Norman, Women’s Aid acting chief executive said the Me Too movement has given women the courage to report discrimination. “The #MeToo movement has been a unifying force for many women. It has highlighted the extent and ‘normalisation’ of the many forms of sexism, harassment and abuse women face daily, it has shown women that they are not alone in their experiences and given them increased confidence to speak about sexism, harassment and abuse. This includes speaking out about direct discrimination in the workplace,” Ms Norman said. Olivia Newton John has become the latest star to wade into the #TimesUp debate. Asked about the film’s relevance in the Me Too age, Ms Newton said: “Oh, for goodness’ sake, it’s just a movie. I mean, the car takes off at the end!”“I’m not saying there isn’t pressure on women to look a certain way. In this age of social media, there is a danger that women end up feeling like they need to be perfect all the time. But, as a woman, I can also choose not to buy into that. I don’t read all the rumours or look at the pictures,” she told The Sunday Times.