Women and Equalities Committee report: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) call on the government to put sexual harassment at the top of the agenda in a July 2018 five-point plan to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace.

Doing so would include,:

  • Introducing a new duty on employers to prevent harassment, supported by a
    statutory code of practice.
  • Ensuring that interns, volunteers and those harassed by third parties have
    access to the same legal protections and remedies as their workplace colleagues.

The report also recommends that the government:

  • Requires regulators to take a more active role.
  • Makes enforcement processes work better for employees.
  • Cleans up the use of non-disclosure agreements.
  • Collects robust data on the extent of sexual harassment in the workplace
    and employment tribunal claims involving complaints of sexual harassment.

Scarlett Harris from the TUC said in a reaction piece to the WEC report;

Now that #MeToo has lifted the lid on the problem, it’s time for the government to respond with solutions.

See the WEC Social Shorthand Story.

Read more about the report, or Download the report in full (pdf).