Government consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace


The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace and are looking at whether the current laws on this issue provide the protections they are supposed to.

The consultation will consider whether there are any gaps and look at what more can be done at a practical level to ensure employees are properly protected at work, so that everyone feels safe and can thrive.

The GEO are consulting on the mandatory duty, clarifying the law on third party harassment, whether interns and volunteers are adequately protected by current laws and extending the time limits to take a harassment, discrimination or victimisation claim to an employment tribunal.

The consultation is split into two parts, both look at the same issues with a different level of detail:

  • a set of online questions that are quick and easy for anyone to respond to, and 
  • a more technical document that invites views on the details of the law. 

Employers and individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace are encouraged to participate in the consultation, please visit the website for further information. The deadline for responding is 2 October 2019.


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