Prospect is committed to using every tool at our disposal to protect members from sexual harassment at work.
According to UK law, sexual harassment is unwanted conduct or behaviour related to sex, or of a sexual nature, which has the purpose or effect of:
- violating the other’s dignity, or
- creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment
The legal definition also encompasses less favourable treatment because of rejection (or submission) of unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or related to gender reassignment or sex.
The law can apply to one-off incidents, or to patterns of behaviour. We must not underestimate the cumulative effect a pattern of ‘low-level’, even unintentional, sexual harassment can have on the victim. At its worst, sexual harassment destroys careers, and damages mental health.
High-profile sexual harassment scandals, from Hollywood to Westminster, have raised questions about how workers can be protected. Trade Unions have a unique role in solving the problem. Prospect offers a powerful combination of
- individual representation – providing expert support to victims of sexual harassment, both in their workplace and through legal proceedings
- collective bargaining – using our experience and influence to shape better workplace policies and cultures
- organising and campaigning – for awareness and better education of workers and employers, and for stronger laws to protect workers
Support for members
If you’re a Prospect member and you’re unsure whether a situation you’re experiencing classifies as harassment, please speak to your local representative, phone our member contact centre on 0300 600 1878 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 7pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries will be treated with complete confidentiality.
You can also download:
- Our member guide to Bullying & Harassment and Equality at Work (members will need to login to access these documents, or you can request a copy by emailing email@example.com).
- Our legal advice guide. This has information about how we provide legal support to members.
For more information about Prospect’s work on sexual harassment, read some of our recent blogs.
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