Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Deadline 2nd October 2019

This consultation aims to gather evidence about whether the current laws on protecting people from sexual harassment in the workplace are effective.

Government Equalities Office (GEO) want everybody to feel safe at work so they can succeed and thrive. GEO are therefore looking at whether the current laws on this issue provide the protections they’re supposed to; considering whether there are any gaps and thinking about what more can be done at a practical level to ensure people are properly protected at work

To help them with this they want to understand people’s experiences, focussing on some particular issues we might be able to tackle through changes to the law:

  • How best to make sure employers take all the steps they can to prevent harassment from happening
  • Strengthening and clarifying the law so it’s clear employers should protect their staff from being harassed by clients, customers, or other people from outside their organisation
  • Whether interns and volunteers are adequately protected by current laws and
  • Whether people should be given longer to take a harassment, discrimination or victimisation claim to an Employment Tribunal

To find out more, please visit the GOV.UK website here.