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Tackling Sexual Harassment at Work Resources

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Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work: Technical Guidance

In January 2020 the Equality and Human rights commission created a document entitled 'Sexual harassment and harassment at work: technical guidance' which can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking on the link in the title.


Still Just a bit of Banter?

In 2016 the TUC, together with the 'Everyday Sexism Project' launched 'Still just a bit of banter?'  A document outlining Sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016.


ACAS guidance and advice relating to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The ACAS website has a page full of advice and guidance relating to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace  This includes a link to a policy paper Sexual harassment in the British workplace.


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: CIPD

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has guidance on its website:  'Sexual harassment in the workplace'  This page provides practical support around key areas to tackle sexual harassment and bullying at work.


Tackling Sexual Harassment: CAB

The Citizen's Advice Bureau also has a page dedicated to 'Tackling Sexual Harassment' which is clear and concise.


Why we fail to report sexual harassment

This article in the Harvard Business Review, discusses the reasons for the lack of reporting: fear of retaliation; the bystander effect; male-dominated organisations/masculine culture. 

Suggestions to make reporting more likely include: providing bystander training for employees; developing clear HR and reporting systems e.g. processes to reduce risk of retaliation or gossip; developing a culture, with the commitment of senior management, that reflects an intolerance of sexual harrassment.


Leanin.org

Although this section on sexual harassment is focused on American readers there are several links to good resources including a 'Complete Meeting Guide' on 'How to talk about Sexual Harassment'


5 Steps HR Can Take To End Workplace Harassment

Focusing on Sexual Harassment this article on the Amercian SHRM site outlines the importance of: commitment; encouraging bystander intervention; holding people accountable; creating a speak up culture; and assessing and addressing your response culture.


House of Commons, Women and Equalities Committee

Sexual harassment in the workplace, Fifth Report of Session 2017–19

This report begins by looking at what sexual harassment is, how common it is in UK workplaces and its impact.  This is followed by sections on: putting sexual harassment at the top of the agenda; requiring regulators to take a more active role; and making enforcement processes work better for employees.  The final section discusses cleaning up the use of NDA's (Non-disclosure agreements).


Equity UK's “SAFE SPACES” Statement

'Every single one of us is entitled to work in a safe space: a space free from fear; a space free from bullying and harassment of any kind.  We will work together honouring our differences and celebrating the gifts we each bring to the table.  We will treat one another with politeness and respect at all times and, if we are subjected to, or witness bullying or harassment, we will speak out knowing that our voices will be heard and we will be taken seriously.  Together we can create a safe space.'

The trade union for performers and creative practitioners has made their work on 'Combatting Sexual Harassment' available for other organisations to benefit from.

Including: a step by step guide to carrying out a survey; agreeing on a shared vision; raising awareness and mobilising support; helplines and support and strategies for empowering and protecting performers in their working lives.


Sexual Harassment Policy Checklist

Provided by the NASUWT, the teachers union, this webpage provides a list of the important aspects any effective and acceptable sexual harassment policy should contain.


Encouraging A Speak Up Culture

This article from the Institute of Business Ethics raises the importance of 'speak up' arrangements in assisting with good governance as well as acting as an early warning sign for potential risks.  'It makes good business sense that those who lead organisations should welcome and encourage employees to do so.'  Find the IBE Speak Up Toolkit here.

'Speaking up is the ultimate act of loyalty' An interesting blog article on the Institute of Business Ethics website.


Speaking up about Sexual Harassment

'Even in the current climate reporting sexual harassment is seen as risky. Building a healthy culture, putting the whistleblower's needs first, and showing that their concerns are acted upon, will encourage more people to come forward.'

A quote from an article by John Wilson, chief executive of whistleblowing hotline Expolink.


Sexual Harassment Case Law

On the Redmans Solicitors website there are a number of articles and cases related to Sexual Harassment.  This quick guide for employees is a useful reference point.


How one UK University confronted its Sexual Harassment problem

Goldsmiths had found itself at the heart of the scandal after a number of students made complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and bullying against staff.  They have since tried to learn from the experience and position themselves as a leader in the handling of cases of sexual harassment and misconduct.

This Guardian article outlines the measures the University has put in place to effectively deal with complaints.


Why Sexual Harassment Awareness Training is Essential In Certain Sectors

According to the latest figures listed on the UK games industry fact sheet, just 19% of those working in the games industry in the UK are women.  This compares to the current UK average of 47% of the workforce being women.

Of those women working in the industry who responded to the Gender Balance Workforce Survey, a third had experienced harassment or bullying because of their gender and 45% felt their gender had been a limiting factor in their career progression.

This article explores why women are reluctant to report inappropriate behaviour in a male dominated environment and how mandatory training is recommended to encourage diversity, inclusion and respect in the workplace.

Additional Resources Pages

Bullying at Work Training Courses


Please Note: The information in this website is for general guidance  and is not legal advice. Please be aware that some of the articles mentioned on the resources pages originate from countries with different legal requirements from those in the UK.

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