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HOW TO STOP SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE BECOMING A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM

Member News 22nd November 2017

The recent allegations against US film producer Harvey Weinstein have brought the issue of sexual harassment at work into the global spotlight once again. Do you have a sexual harassment policy in place? Are your management and staff aware of what is and is not acceptable behaviour in the workplace?

Policies need to be reviewed and refreshed regularly. Even the Prime Minister has been criticised for Westminster sexual harassment policies not sufficiently protecting those making accusations against MPs, prompting a cross-party working group to review them.

When an employee complains that he or she is experiencing sexual harassment of any type, the employer has a legal, as well as ethical, obligation to thoroughly investigate the charges.

Things to remember:

  1. It is important to have a sexual discrimination and sexual harassment policy in place
  2. Ensure all employees are aware of the company’s sexual harassment policy and procedures
  3. Look out for the warning signs – from both male and female staff
  4. Provide staff with training
  5. If a complaint does arise investigate it immediately
  6. Keep documentation of any investigation
  7. Refresh staff training on a regular basis, and reiterate to all employees that cases of sexual harassment will not be tolerated and matters will be dealt with seriously.


Our HR experts can provide guidance on addressing sex discrimination in the workplace and ensuring equal opportunity for employees of both genders, from drafting policies to providing training.

Employees who are unhappy with the results of your investigation following a sexual harassment claim may take additional legal action. If this occurs, our Employment Lawyers can advise on tribunals and offer prompt, practical and authoritative legal advice on employment law issues.

Click here for more on what your sexual harassment policy should contain.

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