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Employment: Harassment

Question for Women and Equalities

UIN 3636, tabled on 17 May 2022

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps she has taken to encourage businesses to take steps to prevent workplace harassment.

Answered on

23 May 2022

The Government is clear that everyone should be able to live without fear of harassment or violence, in the workplace as much as anywhere else.

In July 2021, as part of our strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls, the Government committed to a new package of measures which will strengthen protections for those affected by harassment at work. We intend to introduce a new duty on employers to take steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as explicit protections against workplace harassment by third parties. We are also preparing our own practical guidance for employers on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

The legislative commitments will be introduced when parliamentary time allows. We continue to seek an appropriate legislative vehicle; however, we are also ensuring that we take sufficient time to engage with a range of stakeholders, to ensure that what we introduce will be effective and make a real impact.

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