The subject of harassment has hit the headlines again, following a number of high profile revelations in the press about alleged misconduct by politicians at Westminster and elsewhere.
Whilst it is Westminster and the Hollywood film industry who are currently in the spotlight, harassment also happens in the world of business, and the employers group, CBI, have called on business leaders to help put an end to sexual harassment in the workplace. CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn said “Sexual harassment in all forms is totally unacceptable in today’s Britain. The harm done to people’s lives, self-esteem and dignity is profound. We must work together to stamp it out.”
A recent BBC Radio 5 live survey, commissioned after sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein resulted in widespread sharing of sexual harassment stories, estimated that half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study. Of the women who said they had been harassed, 63% said they did not report it to anyone, and 79% of the male victims kept it to themselves.
Harassment is unlawful and must not be tolerated in the workplace. Employment law protects employees from harassment under the Equality Act 2010, which classifies harassment […]