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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.
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.
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...