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.