EHRC report on sexual harassment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently published a report on sexual harassment in the workplace. The report, Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment in the workplace, sets out evidence about sexual harassment gathered from individuals and employers and makes recommendations on how to prevent it happening.

The report identifies widespread failures by employers in not setting out their policies on harassment in sufficient detail, not supporting victims, failing to provide fair and effective grievance processes and not ensuring that complainants are not victimised as a result of their complaints.

The EHRC wants employers to take more responsibility for preventing harassment and is calling on the government to take a number of measures to improve the situation, including the introduction of a statutory code of practice on sexual harassment, safeguards to restrict the use of confidentiality clauses and extending the limitation period for bringing a claim for sexual harassment.

The government has not yet responded to the report.