What is Sexual Harassment? & How does the law protect people in the UK?
Following recent news about the long running and high profile allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein in the US there has been a lot of coverage in the media about sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace. With this coverage has been the social media campaign #metoo where women who have been subject to some form of harassment are using the hashtag in their social media to highlight the issue. I thought that it would be a good time to cover what the law in the UK says about sexual harassment and to provide an update for employers to help understand responsibilities and how to ensure the culture in your workplace does not allow this kind of behaviour to take place.
In this episode I will cover:
- The law in the UK regarding sexual harassment;
- The legal test for establishing sexual harassment;
- Some case examples of what constitutes sexual harassment at work;
- Some tips and hints to prevent issues arising;
- How to ensure that this culture does not develop in your organisation.
- Act quickly if faced with allegations or suspicions of such behaviour;
- Be clear on the type of behaviour that is acceptable in your organisation;
- Have a clear policy on acceptable behaviour and methods or reporting;
- Deal with any allegations or issues seriously.
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