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:
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.