Sexual harassment… an issue at all levels and all industries
Posted on 12th December 2017 at 10:26
Due to the huge public shaming that has taken place over the last few weeks, Hollywood is now addressing its sexual harassment issues. Incidents involving high profile entertainers such as Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein have taken over headlines as well as our TVs and social media.
But what about the sexual harassment that affects employees of non-famous employers? UK law provides a wide definition of sexual harassment, which protects employees from behaviours including inappropriate sexual comments and jokes, emails with sexual content and unwanted physical behaviour. Further, if an employee is treated unfavourably after reporting sexual harassment to their employer, they are also protected by victimisation laws.
Earlier this year, former NHS Manager Helen Marks was awarded £832,711 in a high-profile case after being sexually harassed by a colleague.