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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.
17 May 2019
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff are facing “shockingly high” levels of sexual harassment and assault, but almost two-thirds...
15 May 2019
Nearly four in 10 (38%) female lawyers in the UK have been sexually harassed, a report has found, prompting a...
24 Apr 2019
Three quarters of UK workers (76%) want the amount of physical contact they experience in the workplace reduced, while 42%...
17 Apr 2019
Dozens of academics have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements to stop bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct allegations coming out,...
15 Apr 2019
Nathalie Abildgaard who took on her former employer over sexual harassment has been paid £270,000 ($492,000) by the City firm, which opted to settle just prior to a further legal hearing.
12 Apr 2019
Ted Baker is bolstering its HR policies to ensure acceptable workplace conduct following an investigation into “forced hugging” and other...
8 Apr 2019
A Royal Mail driver who was told she should be “back home and in the kitchen” has won £2,600 in...
5 Apr 2019
Investors in start-ups are putting young companies under increased scrutiny to ensure they have a clean record on sexual harassment....
19 Mar 2019
After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations...
5 Mar 2019
Most employers wanting to part company with an employee will be aware of the most common claims that the individual...
4 Mar 2019
Fashion retailer Ted Baker has said it is determined to learn lessons and ensure that its staff feel respected and...
4 Mar 2019
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses that attempt to conceal harassment and discrimination could be made unlawful under proposals announced by government.
26 Feb 2019
Workers in Westminster are left “woefully unprotected” if they are sexually harassed in Parliament, due to glaring loopholes in equality...
25 Feb 2019
Hundreds of bullying and sexual harassment allegations have been made against NHS staff over the past five years, further highlighting...