New workplace harassment helpline launched by Emma Watson

Rights of Women have launched a new helpline for women who have experienced sexual harassment at work. Legal advice will be provided on a number of issues, including identifying sexual harassment, how to bring a claim against your employer, Employment Tribunal procedures, and non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”).

The helpline was inspired by the #MeToo movement, and is funded by TIME’S UP UK’s Justice and Equality Fund. Emma Watson, who launched the helpline, said it was “completely staggering” that the free helpline for women in England and Wales was the only service of its type. “Understanding what your rights are, how you can assert them and the choices you have if you’ve experienced harassment is such a vital part of creating safe workplaces for everyone, and this advice line is such a huge development in ensuring that all women are supported, wherever we work.“ [1]

Suzanne McKie QC, Founder of Farore Law and member of Rights of Women’s Advisory Panel, will be taking calls on the helpline next week.

The helpline number is 020 7490 0152, and will be open on Mondays (6pm - 8pm) and Tuesdays (5pm - 7pm), excluding bank holidays. More opening times are expected in due course.

[1] The Guardian

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.