Sexual harassment at work

We understand that experiencing any form of sexual harassment is awful. It can make you feel uncomfortable, intimidated, and might even leave you feeling that you have no other choice but to resign. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, we are here for you. We can help you assess your legal rights and claim compensation for your suffering.

Our sympathetic employment solicitors know that experiencing sexual harassment is incredibly traumatic, and can continue to affect you in the long-run. That’s why at AWH we will support you from the get-go, helping you get the compensation you deserve.

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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is defined as a behaviour which involves making unwanted sexual advances. This could include making crude remarks or gestures of a sexual or obscene nature.

Sexual harassment is classed as unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, so when sexual harassment happens in the workplace, you are entitled to claim compensation for your suffering.

Different types of behaviour can be classed as sexual harassment. Harassment can occur in the form of:

  • Written notes
  • Spoken words
  • Gestures
  • Emails or other electronic communication methods
  • Physical behaviour
  • Jokes and pranks

Harassment and sexual harassment are often passed off as ‘a joke’. The victim can be made to feel that taking offence at it is an overreaction.

If jokes or pranks are unwanted and of a sexual nature, this is classed as sexual harassment. If you consider it to be sexual harassment there’s a good chance the law will see it that way too.

In some cases it can seem difficult to determine whether an experience is considered sexual harassment or not. If you are still unsure, our expert solicitors can give you confidential, personalised advice.

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What actions you will need to take

If you been a victim of sexual harassment at work, we can give you expert advice and support, however you need to take the first steps.

If you wish to bring forward a claim for compensation, either now or in the future, you need to try and collect as much evidence as possible:

  • Keep copies of any written notes, emails, texts or other electronic messages – screenshots and saved conversations can be vital to supporting your case
  • Keep a diary of any incidents, no matter how minor they may seem
  • Make a note of all instances where you stated that the behaviour is unwanted, even if this may seem clear. If the same thing is being experienced by someone else at your workplace, make a note of this too

In most situations we recommend that you aim to resolve the matter with your manager or employer first, unless you feel you are unable or unsafe to do so. Keep a clear record of all communication with your manager or employer and make sure you receive confirmation of any meetings, and their outcomes, in writing.

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If you need tailored advice

If the matter can’t be resolved internally through the company’s grievance procedure, or you were not satisfied with the way that process went, you can contact our expert employment law solicitors.

We can help you get the respect, recognition and compensation you deserve.

By taking the heavy lifting, we’ll make sure there is little intrusion into your life as possible. We want to help you be able to move past your experience and look forward to the future of your career without having to worry.

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Your employer’s responsibilities

An employer can be held responsible in a sexual harassment case if their employee is subjected to sexual harassment at their place of work.

Employers are accountable for the safety of their staff during hours of work and on work property. If another employee was harassing you, and your employer failed to act, they have failed to fulfil their duty of care.

If sexual harassment took place somewhere seen as an extension of your workplace, it will probably still fall under the responsibility of your employer and a tribunal claim can be made. This might be the case for example, if you are at an overnight work conference and a colleague sexually harasses you.

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Not sure if you can make a sexual harassment claim?

If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, you might be left feeling lonely and confused about how to handle the situation or even how to seek advice.

Sexual harassment can be terribly upsetting and distressing.  Many victims doubt themselves and worry they might have ‘misread’ certain behaviour. They may feel unsure about their rights or even blame themselves. If this sounds like you, we can help.

We can help

If you are unsure whether what you experienced is classed as sexual harassment, speak to one of our supportive solicitors for confidential and personalised advice today.

We are here for you and will be by your side to give you the advice and support you need. We will be in your corner throughout the entire claims process helping to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

We understand that dealing with sexual harassment is tough, and can affect your work and home life hugely. We want to help you put it behind you and move onwards and upwards.

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