Orchard Employment Law

Sure it is wonderful for your staff to be smiling and happy about where the next anonymous card is going to come from but what is the difference between harmless fun and sexual harassment.

The answer is that there is no answer. One person’s idea of being romanced might be another person’s worst nightmare.

The Equality Act of 2010 gives us some guidance. It says that harassment is ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating and intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’.

In simple terms it is unwanted attention. It doesn’t matter how sweet or thoughtful a person thinks they are being when trying to woo another, if the recipient does not want this attention it may be deemed as harassment.

This means flowers, songs, special attention, touching and in one…

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