Sexual Harassment

Introduction to Sexual Harassment

Introduction to Sexual Harassment

Following media revelations regarding sexual harassment and other related offenses in Hollywood, many other individuals from all walks of life have come forward to speak of similar experiences that they have endured.

Online support such as the #metoo movement has led to many people speaking out against abuse. Many prominent figures from actors to politicians and musicians have told of their harrowing treatment at the hands of employers and colleagues. In turn, members of the public have felt more comfortable in sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse.

Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. It may take the form of :

  • Written or verbal comments of a sexual nature, such as remarks about an employee.
  • Appearance, questions about their sex life, or offensive jokes.
  • Displaying pornographic or explicit images.
  • Emails with content of a sexual nature.
  • Unwanted physical contact and touching.
  • Sexual assault.

All workers are protected from sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are duty-bound to protect workers from sexual harassment under employment law and should make clear to employees which behaviors are unacceptable.

However, in some circumstances such as sexual assault and physical threats and/or harm, the behavior may be a matter for criminal law as well as employment law. Such incidents should be reported to the police

Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, male or female, and can be carried out by fellow employees, managers, and supervisors, someone on the same team, or anyone else that a worker comes into contact with while they are working.

Reporting sexual harassment in workplace

Workers may wish to check company policies to see the procedure for reporting sexual harassment. They may write a letter to their manager or boss. However, this may not always be appropriate. In cases where the perpetrator is the manager or boss, the worker may wish to make their complaint to the Human Resources department or other designated contact according to harassment laws UK. They may wish to report to a trade union representative.

If you have any questions regarding the issues raised in this article please contact our experienced Employment lawyers instantly through Legal advice for the initial consultation.

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