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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.
16 Jul 2019
With traditional union membership in decline, employees are finding new ways to voice their opposition to corporate decisions, as shown...
11 Jul 2019
The government has published its consultation on plans to strengthen protections against sexual harassment at work, including harassment from third...
26 Jun 2019
Unions, women’s rights organisations and charities have increased pressure on the government to make employers responsible for protecting their staff...
20 Jun 2019
Only a fifth of NHS staff say their employer has implemented a sexual harassment policy, indicating that workers believe it...
19 Jun 2019
Following high-profile allegations of sexual harassment by staff, employees are now more empowered to speak up about inappropriate behaviour than...
14 Jun 2019
Further evidence of a culture of lewd behaviour at Lloyd's of London emerged this week after an executive was suspended after sending a sexually suggestive email about a female colleague.
11 Jun 2019
Non-disclosure agreements should not be used to prevent employees from discussing allegations of discrimination and harassment with other staff, while...
10 Jun 2019
Male managers may be restricting their work with female colleagues, according to US research.
20 May 2019
Investors have been urged to put pressure on Amazon to improve working conditions at its UK warehouses, following reports that...
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.