Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Creating Lasting Change
Charlotte Jayaseelan , Solicitor, Legal & Business Affairs, EMEA, Warner Bros., UK
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a new issue but has recently been put in the spotlight following the birth of the #MeToo movement. Towards the end of 2017, allegations of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry began to emerge from high-profile individuals. The stories attracted wide media attention in the UK and consequently shone a light on the prevalence of sexual harassment in UK workplaces, as individuals began to share their stories. Despite many employers pledging to tackle sexual harassment in their organisations, making meaningful and lasting change continues to be an issue faced across different sectors and industries.
In July 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee (“WEC”) published a report on sexual harassment in the workplace. Towards the end of 2018, the Government responded to that report. On the back of this response, employers should consider whether steps they have already taken, or are planning to take, to try and tackle sexual harassment, are likely to lead to effective and sustainable outcomes.
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