Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR


Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.


What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other consequences.


Sexual harassment is identified as a discrete form of unlawful discrimination in the Equality Act 2010. It involves conduct that is unwanted from the perspective of the person on the receiving end and has the purpose or effect either of violating the person’s dignity or of creating an environment that he or she finds intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive.

So how do you deal with sexual harassment in the workplace?

Personnel Today magazine has published an article that provides tips for organisations to encourage and support employees to report sexual harassment in the workplace.  Read more here.

If you are still unsure of your legal responsibilities in terms of sexual harassment in the workplace or you don’t have the appropriate policies and procedures in place to manage such allegations, then call the specialist team at HCHR today.

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