Understanding sexual harassment

 

Your right to not be sexually harassed while at work is part of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

Employers have a duty to take all allegations of sexual harassment seriously and should you make a complaint you have a right to have it listened to and handled with sensitivity.

Visit our employment law pages to learn more about your rights in the workplace.

What counts as sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment has no set definition and sometimes the person committing the harassment might not realise what they are doing. This does not mean that you have to put up with it. You have a right to feel safe in the workplace and you do not need to feel reluctant about raising an issue if there is a problem.

Generally, sexual harassment can take a number of forms that include:

  • Verbal, such as cat-calling, inappropriate comments and sexual language
  • Non-verbal, such as inappropriate staring or obscene gestures
  • Physical, such as unwelcome touching, hugging or groping

What you can do

If you feel you are the victim of any type of sexual harassment, your first action could be to make an informal complaint to your employer (if it's at work) or the person in charge. They may be able to resolve the matter quickly by speaking to the person involved or even starting disciplinary proceedings.

If you are unsatisfied with their response however, or feel the seriousness of the situation merits it, you can also start a formal grievance procedure. This will trigger your employer’s legal responsibility under discrimination law to thoroughly investigate your claims, and take action appropriate action based on the evidence.

Speak to us to get the process started as we can give you crucial advice.

Tribunal cases

The employment tribunal is empowered to hear sexual harassment cases and can award compensation. It will, however, only hear claims if they were filed within three months of the last instance of harassment.

An employment tribunal can be a daunting prospect for most people to go through; especially with a sexual harassment case. The help, support and representation of a solicitor is always advisable, as employment law can often be open to interpretation.

Your solicitor will be able to represent you at the tribunal and give your case the best chance of a successful outcome.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about sexual discrimination, we can put you in touch with a cost-effective specialist sexual harassment solicitor free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form on the right to speak to an advisor.

Call
0800 1777 162
or fill in the form
Our trained advisor contacts you
Your chosen specialist solicitor calls you
Quick enquiry form
Area of law:
Name:
Town/City:
Email:
Phone:
What our clients say about us
"This was the first time I've been to court, which was a nerve-racking experience for me. However, I felt very prepared, I understood my case and representation - this was down to you."
Gavin, criminal motoring, Oct 15
"Your service, and the prompt call back from your recommended firm was very good. I would not hesitate to call again or recommend your service."
Ian, employment law, Truro, July 15
"The firm were excellent, could not have been better! They are exactly what I need right now."
Linda, criminal defence, Thames Ditton, Jul 15
"Your contact and service was immediate and utmost professional, 10/10."
TF, conveyancing, Dudley, Jun 15
"I appreciate the service that you provide. I found you to be courteous, efficient and reassuring at a time when my confidence in justice is completely negative."
Patrick, litigation, Pontypridd, Jun 15
"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the speed of which you came back to me in. If anyone else can benefit from your help like I have done, it would make my day."
Gail M, family law, Potters Bar, Jun 15
"Your assistance was extremely helpful. Particularly to someone who in 40 years of business has never experienced this sort of issue."
TD, commercial litigation, Galashiels, Apr 15
"It is difficult to express the value Contact Law has to someone like me who had very little understanding of the law and how to proceed forward with my case. Thank you for the service you provided."
AE, defamation law, Worthing, Apr 15
"Thank you for the efficient service I received. I was contacted by your solicitor on the same day as my request. Your quick response to my situation made me feel secure."
AN, employment law, London, Apr 15
"Your service was excellent, very fast and informative. I never got the impression of being pressurised at all. The solicitor you recommended was also excellent – very knowledgeable and supportive."
JHD, Motoring law, Liverpool, Apr 15
Contact Law supports the endeavours of STAE and commends all the work they are undertaking to assist in the plight of the Asian Elephant

 

We use cookies on the Contact Law site to help us improve it.

If you would like to allow our cookies, please click 'Continue' or carry on browsing. For more information on cookies and how to change your settings, click 'More info'.