Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace was launched by the UK Government’s Equalities Office on 11 July (closing on 2 October).
The consultation makes it clear that employee protections under equality law is separate to wider employment rights. The consultation asks about 5 distinct areas –
1. The creation of a new equality duty on employers – to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment of employees;
2. Better clarification of existing Equality Act duty on employers to protect employees from third party harassment;
3. Extend Equality Act protections to include Volunteers and Interns;
4. Employment Tribunal time limits for equality cases;
5. Work to identify workplace interventions that are effective. Calling for details of any other sexual harassment interventions that should be considered by UK Gov.