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Is a hug harassment in the workplace?

What constitutes harassment? The law in this area is governed by The Equality Act 2010 and it sets out three tests for harassment. Firstly, the harassment must be unwanted conduct in relation to a relevant protected characteristic.

Article by: Lucy Kenyon | Published: 10 January 2019


The dangers of using NDAs to silence sexual harassment claims

Since the beginning of the year, the #MeToo campaign and increasing focus on sexual harassment in the workplace has revealed worrying details about employers’ use of non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs, to prevent harassment being reported. Contributor Kate Palmer.

Article by: Kate Palmer | Published: 31 October 2018

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#MeToo at 30,000 feet – the anti-harassment in the airline industry

Employers in the aviation industry face a particular set of challenges in dealing with sexual harassment reports from employees, both on and off duty. This article sets out their duties and potential liabilities. It also highlights possible legislative developments in this area.

Article by: Sarah Pierce Wimberly, Jessica Lynn Asbridge | Published: 24 October 2018


Having the confidence to report sexual harassment in the workplace

Prominent movements against sexual harassment, including #MeToo and Time’s Up, have given over a quarter of UK workers the confidence to report sexual harassment. While the research unearthed the positive impact the movements have had, it also highlighted the extent of gender discrimination and sexual harassment still taking place in workplaces across the country.

Article by: Sinead Bunting | Published: 19 August 2018

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Continued failures on sexual harassment in the workplace

The Government, regulators and employers are failing in their responsibilities to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, says the Women and Equalities Committee in a major report published today, following a wide-ranging six-month inquiry.

Article by: Maria Miller | Published: 27 July 2018

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The hash, the tag and the ugly
Print – Issue 164 | Article of the Week

#MeToo gave a voice that echoes like a clarion call to people that thought their abuse was lost in the mists of time. Proof that time is no healer when it comes to the impact of abuse, the ramifications can last a lifetime. There's momentum and a conversation; among employees, employers, HR teams and the legal profession.

Article by: Arwen Makin | Published: 27 June 2018


Harassment in the workplace–not yesterday’s news

The high profile Time’s Up and #MeToo campaigns demonstrate sexual harassment in the workplace is, sadly, not a thing of past. These high profile movements have also highlighted the need for an inclusive and safe working environment.

Article by: Katie Russell | Published: 19 March 2018

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Unwanted sexual contact at work – what employers must know

In the wake of revelations about groping and sexual harassment at the Presidents' Club charity dinner last month, one of Kent's leading employment specialists has called on employers to give more consideration to the risks younger workers are exposed to. Contributor Amanda Okill, Senior Associate - Furley Page Solicitors.

Article by: Amanda Okill | Published: 4 March 2018

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Are employers liable for third party harassment?

The issue of liability for third party harassment has been called in to question following an undercover investigation by the Financial Times at an all-male charity event. The Presidents Club ran an event where female hostesses were reportedly subjected to sexual harassment by the male invitees, although attendees had been warned against harassing others in an event brochure.

Article by: Kate Palmer | Published: 4 February 2018


The year of sexual harassment? The impact of 2017’s revelations

Sexual Harassment has always been and continues to be an issue in many workplaces around the world. Whilst laws are in place to protect employees from unwanted advances, abuse and assault, the last 12 months have revealed that many individuals and businesses still experience an unhealthy and sometimes unlawful culture.

Article by: Donna Martin | Published: 30 January 2018