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The Equality Act 2010 prohibits three types of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The main type of sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature perpetrated on a particular person, for example unwelcome sexual advances.
Also prohibited is sex-related harassment, which means unwanted conduct related to the protected characteristic of sex. The unwanted conduct does not have to be directed towards the complainant or related to his or her actual sex. This could include telling jokes about women or making derogatory sexist remarks about women.
And less favourable treatment based on a person's rejection of or submission to sex-related harassment or sexual harassment is also unlawful. This could cover circumstances where a woman is rejected for promotion by her boss after turning down his sexual advances.
13 Oct 2020
Parliamentary staff are being discouraged from pursuing complaints and have been given incorrect advice by the grievance system introduced to...
2 Oct 2020
With fewer people in the office and the increased likelihood of lone working and online abuse, there is a heightened risk of sexual harassment.
3 Sep 2020
The GMB union, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, has been branded ‘institutionally sexist’ by a barrister leading an...
30 Jul 2020
A worker who claimed she was forced out of her role at HSBC after having an affair with a superior...
16 Jun 2020
A top lawyer has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 for professional misconduct after he kissed a junior solicitor in...
19 May 2020
A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...
2 Apr 2020
Barclays Bank is not liable for the numerous alleged sexual assaults committed by a self-employed doctor who had been contracted...
5 Mar 2020
The way Save the Children UK handled harassment allegations made against senior employees had a “corrosive impact” on its internal...
25 Feb 2020
More UK aid agencies are being encouraged to join a data-sharing scheme which helps stop perpetrators of sexual abuse from...
12 Feb 2020
Personnel Today is launching a new email newsletter for 2020, focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
11 Feb 2020
An independent panel for examining claims of bullying and sexual harassment by members of Parliament is to be created, alongside...
10 Feb 2020
Non-disclosure agreements must not be used to stop someone from reporting discrimination or sexual harassment or from blowing the whistle...
21 Jan 2020
Almost a quarter of employees believe that – despite the rise of movements such as #MeToo – bullying and harassment...
20 Jan 2020
Sexual misconduct complaints and cases rise sharply as #MeToo wields influence.