Sexual harassment at work

20 April 2018

A new report issued by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission shares evidence from employers and employees of sexual harassment, and makes recommendations on how to prevent it.

The new report is called Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work.

In the report the Commission identifies failures by employers to set out policies on sexual harassment in enough detail, support victims, provide for fair and effective grievance processes or ensure those who make complaints will not be victimised as a result.

The Commission makes a number of recommendations to the government. These include:

  • A legal duty on all employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and victimisation in the workplace;
  • The introduction of a binding legal code of practice on sexual harassment and harassment at work, specifying the steps that which employers must take to prevent and respond to sexual harassment or see any compensation awarded against them in an employment tribunal increased by up to 25%;
  • Making it illegal to prevent disclosure of future acts of discrimination, harassment or victimisation in a contract or settlement agreement;
  • Restrict the use of confidentiality clauses to stop victims disclosing past acts of harassment; and
  • Making it easier for people to bring sexual harassment claims. For example by extending time limits and making it easier to find out relevant information from an employer.

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