Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sep 10th, 2021

Marie Horner, Partner

In July 2021, the government published its response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace which launched in 2019 amidst the #MeToo movement. 

The new obligation on employers is intended to force more positive steps to prevent sexual harassment at work.

Defending a sexual harassment claim

To defend a sexual harassment claim, employers will have to show that they have taken “all reasonable steps” to prevent it.  In practice, this could be difficult to prove, but robust, actively-referenced policies are a good starting point. 

As employees transition back from home-working to office-working, there is currently a focus on creating a safe working environment.  Why not incorporate a review of your equality & diversity policies and procedures, and put some management training in place, to provide an even safer workplace for your staff?

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