Employers should act quickly to quash offensive rumours and gossip about an employee's pregnancy.

Rumours and gossip about the father of an employee's unborn child (arising from her relationship with one work colleague and liaison with another colleague at an office party) amounted to sexual harassment. The employer's failure to quell the rumours, refusal to relocate the employee to another office to avoid the gossip, and refusal to pay her until she returned to work at her original office were unlawful pregnancy-related discrimination. The fact that the gossip arose from the employee's own public conduct was irrelevant. (Nixon v Ross Coates Solicitors, EAT)