Question: What should you do if you are sexually harassed at work?
Answer: Call an employment solicitor today.
The initial telephone conversation will be free and completely confidential. Your employment solicitor can guide you through your options depending on your individual circumstances, ranging from raising an internal grievance to resigning and bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal.
Your employment solicitor will explain that the Equality Act 2010 protects job applicants, employees, workers and others in employment. Sexual harassment occurs where someone engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature and that conduct has the purpose or effect of violating your dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. According to a BBC survey, half of women are sexually harrassed at work
Employers are vicariously liable for harassment committed by their employees in the course of employment. Employers can also be liable for harassment by third parties at work (eg. a customer, a supplier, a delivery driver) if they are aware of the harassment and fail to act.
Just because you have put up with sexual harassment for weeks/months/years does not mean it is unwanted. Just because you respond with “banter” as a coping strategy does not mean it is ok. Just because you were previously in a consensual relationship which ended does not mean it is acceptable. You are still protected.
You also have important legal protection against less favourable treatment for rejecting or submitting to harassment.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is simply wrong. Do not suffer in silence. Speak to an employment solicitor today.
For more information or to speak to one of our employment solicitors about sexual harassment at work, please call us on 01924 387 110.