The cross-party Women and Equalities Committee has launched a new inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, and is inviting submissions of written evidence. The inquiry will assess the extent of the problem, consider who the perpetrators are and why it happens, and will focus on what should be done to tackle harassment more effectively.

In particular, the inquiry will look at:

  • what action the government and employers can take to change workplace culture, increase confidence to report problems, and make tackling harassment a higher priority,
  • how staff can be better protected from sexual harassment by clients, customers and others,
  • how effective – and accessible – tribunals and other legal means of redress are, and what improvements can be made to those systems,
  • the pros and cons of using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual harassment cases and what can be done to prevent inappropriate use of NDAs.

The deadline for submissions of written evidence to the committee is 13 March 2018.  Further details are available on the Women and Equalities website.