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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.
20 Jan 2020
Sexual misconduct complaints and cases rise sharply as #MeToo wields influence.
17 Jan 2020
Minister for women Victoria Atkins (pictured) launches bid to gauge scale and nature of workplace sexual harassment.
15 Jan 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued new guidance on dealing with sexual harassment at work.
In a letter...
14 Jan 2020
An ex-Highways England driver has been awarded almost £74,000 in compensation by an employment tribunal after she was harassed by...
6 Dec 2019
Lloyd’s of London has urged its own staff and those of its members to behave correctly at this year’s Christmas...
3 Dec 2019
Pending a review announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, reforms to the IR35 rules are due to be extended to the...
2 Dec 2019
Consulting firm PwC has introduced new rules around when and where employees can drink alcohol in the office.
28 Nov 2019
Supreme Court hears final appeal in significant vicarious liability case with a verdict expected in February.
22 Nov 2019
Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.
22 Nov 2019
Only 18 of 71 global hotel firms operating in the UK have met the minimum requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
20 Nov 2019
Lloyd’s of London has launched an advertising campaign to encourage workers to speak up against unacceptable behaviour, after a survey...
15 Nov 2019
More action is taking place on pay equality in Europe compared with the US, according to a recent survey, although US firms are more proactive when it comes to sexual harassment.
14 Nov 2019
A whistleblower alleges he has been subjected to a campaign questioning his motivations and mental health.
13 Nov 2019
Headline-grabbing proposals can only take us so far. Cultural shifts and changes in shared leave, maternity and paternity benefits are needed before we can truly get to grips with the gender pay gap.