Sexual harassment

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.

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19 Feb 2018

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The sex scandal engulfing Oxfam’s operations overseas has now extended to its charity shops in the UK, after its former...

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13 Feb 2018

MPs have launched an inquiry into workplace sexual harassment to discover how employers and the Government could better protect staff....

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The law should be strengthened to protect women from sexual harassment by third parties, as well as colleagues, a gender...

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17 Jan 2018

There is a school of thought that new forms of digital technology have driven a new wave of sexual harassment...

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11 Dec 2017

Two fifths of women and a fifth of men in the UK say they have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour at...

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31 Oct 2017

With the reports of historical sexual harassment in Hollywood and now Parliament, employees may feel increasingly able to come forward...

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12 Oct 2017

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has once again placed the spotlight on sexual harassment reporting. Victims of sexual harassment are often...

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Female HR directors more likely to view workplace as sexist, reports charity

4 Sep 2017

Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with just a quarter of men...

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26 Apr 2017

Female councillors face a culture of sexism “which would not be out of place in the 1970s”, according to Dame...

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