Michael Fallon resigns but is not necessarily guilty of sexual harassment

Michael Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary, following an allegation of sexual harassment, his resignation letter states that “in the past” his behaviour “had fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces”.  The Allegation Whilst there may be other allegations of harassment in the swirl of accusations, denials and apologies circling around … Read more

Case Study: Older employee told “better suited to traditional agency”

The recently reported case of Gomes v Henworth Limited and another.  The Claimant had been employed since 2009 by an estate agent as an Administrative Assistant.  During a conversation about alleged shortcomings with her work (errors in a letter that was sent out).  The tribunal found that the second Respondent, Mr Graham Gold, had said … Read more

Protected Characteristics: What are they?

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees and job applicants from being subjected to discrimination (less favourable treatment).  It makes it unlawful to treat a person, or group of people, differently or subject them to harassment on the grounds of certain defined areas. 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour which either violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Sexual harassment also describes situations in which people are treated less favourably because they either submit to or reject sexual conduct. Harassment may be verbal, non-verbal or physical  Verbal: Name calling … Read more

Harassment in the Workplace

Definition of harassment The Equality Act 2010 defines harassment at Section 26 as follows: A person (A) harasses another (B) if A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of either: Violating B’s dignity, or Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B. … Read more