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Consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace

A consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace – launched by the UK Government’s Equalities Office – will close on Wednesday October 2.

The consultation makes it clear that employee protections under equality law is separate to wider employment rights.

The consultation asks about five distinct areas –

  • the creation of a new equality duty on employers – to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment of employees;
  • Better clarification of existing Equality Act duty on employers to protect employees from third party harassment;
  • extend Equality Act protections to include Volunteers and Interns;
  • Employment Tribunal time limits for equality cases;
  • Work to identify workplace interventions that are effective. Calling for details of any other sexual harassment interventions that should be considered by UK Gov.

The Government would like to hear from:

  • anyone who has experience of sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work
  • anyone who is or has been a volunteer or an intern and who has experience of sexual harassment or any other type of discrimination
  • anyone who has managed or supported someone who has experienced sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work
  • anyone who has thought about taking a case of any type of discrimination or harassment to an employment tribunal, whether or not you decided to in the end.

The consultation can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace