Government Equalities Office launches consultation on sexual harassment at work

The Government Equalities Office has recently launched a new consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace. The consultation will explore whether the current law provides sufficient protection, consider if there are any gaps, and what more can be done at a practical level to ensure people are properly protected at work.

This consultation is split into two parts: (1) a set of online questions designed for anyone to respond to, and (2) a more technical document that invites views on the law. Both individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit their views. Responses from the following are of particular interest:

  • anyone with experience of sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work;

  • anyone who is or has been a volunteer/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; and/or

  • anyone who has thought about taking a case of any type of discrimination or harassment to an employment tribunal.

To submit your views, or learn more about the consultation, click here.

Harassment and bullying in the House of Commons

Dame Laura Cox QC published her Report into the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons staff on October 15 2018. Suzanne McKie QC assisted the inquiry by making legal submissions related to the law of harassment, discrimination, and vicarious liability through the Centre for Women’s Justice.

A copy of the Report is available here.

Farore Law's introductory guide to harassment

Claims of harassment in the workplace are common, but harassment claims can also be brought in any situation covered by the Equality Act 2010. This includes (and is not limited to) conduct within partnerships, public offices, trade organisations, local authorities, and bodies responsible for awarding qualifications. The firm has produced a detailed guide to harassment claims and offences under the following Acts:

  • the Equality Act 2010;

  • the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;

  • the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001; and

  • the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

Click here to view the guide.

Ascertaining the extent of discrimination, abuse, and harassment: a poll

Farore Law is looking into the creation of a portal on this website to allow victims of sex discrimination, mental health discrimination, abuse, and harassment to provide a totally confidential summary of what ill-treatment they received and the reasons they believe it happened.

If you think that such a ‘Discrimination Portal’ is a good idea, please email us at info@farorelaw.co.uk. If the idea is popular, we hope to start it as soon as we can.