Q: How can I prevent Harassment in the Workplace?
- Unwanted conduct related to sex or conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of violating that person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them; and
- Less favourable treatment because the employee has rejected or submitted to such conduct.
- Conduct can be any unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, touching, forms of sexual assault, sexual jokes, displaying pornographic photographs or drawings or sending emails with material of a sexual nature.
In order to prevent Harassment in your workplace, employers should:
- Carry out Equality and Diversity Training, Bullying and Harassment training - outline what is unacceptable behaviour at work and make this available to managers as well
- Set down clear policies on Equal Opportunities and Bullying and Harassment – ensure these are easily accessible and communicated out to all employees
- Investigate fully all complaints brought to your attention
- Take formal disciplinary action where appropriate