Women and Equalities Committee report on sexual harassment in the workplace - Legal expert comment
Commenting on the Women and Equalities Committee report on sexual harassment in the workplace, Mishcon de Reya Employment Partner Joanna Blackburn, who was a witness for the committee on 6 June, said:
"The report is ambitious in what it tries to achieve. It has clearly recognised that there is a serious problem with sexual harassment, and makes some bold proposals for how to deal with the problem.
"Some of the proposals are sensible and the majority of stakeholders will welcome them. However, employers may be concerned that the report will lead to an increased burden on them – particularly if the statutory duty is introduced. Some will argue that rather than blaming regulators and employers for not doing enough, MPs could have taken action much earlier both in terms of removing Tribunal fees and setting out some practical guidance for employers.
"In concentrating the argument on sexual harassment, care must also be taken not to skew the protections under employment law. It is necessary to take into account all forms of unlawful discrimination when making radical changes such as those proposed."
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