According to recent reports, the government has decided to introduce revised codes of practice in order to control sexual harassment cases in workplaces. Politicians are advised to create the new laws at the earliest to protect workers. The WEC – Women and Equalities Committee welcomes the initiative which focussed on not just creating new laws … Read more
Despite a number of laws in place to protect workers in an organisation, unreported sexual harassment is a regular occurence. How do you know if you have been sexually harassed and what you must do if you think you are being sexually harassed at work. Is there anyone you can turn to for help? What … Read more
Valentine’s Day at work can often feel awkward. However, celebrating the holiday too enthusiastically can sometimes could lead to at best toe curling outcomes and at worst being fired. What is sexual harassment? Any behaviour, which is sexual in nature and not welcomed by the person on the receiving end of it can be referred … Read more
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
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
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 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
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