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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.
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4 Mar 2019
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4 Mar 2019
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26 Feb 2019
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25 Feb 2019
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20 Feb 2019
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15 Feb 2019
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11 Feb 2019
Sir Philip Green allegations prompt minister for women and equalities to look into limiting non-disclosure agreements
17 Jan 2019
The charity Oxfam failed to tackle an environment that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked, according to an interim independent review.
8 Jan 2019
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has won his legal challenge against the way the Scottish government handled an investigation...
20 Dec 2018
Only two-thirds of UK employers have taken action to prevent sexual harassment – a proportion that is significantly below the...
18 Dec 2018
The government is considering whether to introduce a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work as...
3 Dec 2018
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13 Nov 2018
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