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Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry

Inquiry

Research suggests that 40% of women and 18% of men have experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace, ranging from unwelcome jokes or comments of a sexual nature to serious sexual assault. [Source: ComRes poll for the BBC]

On 31 January, the Committee heard oral evidence from experts on employment and law. We are now launching a full inquiry to consider in more depth issues covered in that session. We are inviting written evidence specifically on:

  • how widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is, and whether this has increased or decreased over time
  • who experiences sexual harassment in the workplace, who perpetrates it and what the impact is on different groups
  • actions that the Government and employers should be taking to change workplace culture to prevent sexual harassment, give people more confidence to report sexual harassment, and make this issue a higher priority for employers
  • how workers can be better protected from sexual harassment by clients, customers and other third parties
  • the effectiveness and accessibility of tribunals and other legal means of redress and what can be done to improve those processes
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, including how inappropriate use of such agreements might be tackled

This inquiry will sit alongside our related inquiry on the Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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5th Report - Sexual harassment in the workplace
Inquiry Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry
HC 725
Report
Response to this report
7th Special Report - Sexual harassment in the workplace: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2017–19
HC 1801
Special Report
7th Special Report - Sexual harassment in the workplace: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2017–19
Inquiry Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry
HC 1801
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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13 June 2018
Inquiry Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry
Witnesses Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Women, Government Equalities Office, Lucy Frazer QC MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
Oral Evidence
6 June 2018
Inquiry Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry
Witnesses Joanna Blackburn, Partner, Mischon de Reya, Aileen McColgan, Barrister, 11KBW and Professor of Human Rights Law, King's College London, Michael Reed, Principal Legal Officer, Employment, Free Representation Unit, and Liz Rivers, Workplace and Employment Mediator.
Oral Evidence
23 May 2018
Inquiry Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry
Witnesses Jean Ashton OBE, Director of Business Services and Gender Champion, Crown Prosecution Service, Clare Conaghan, Executive Director of Human Resources, Save the Children, Andrew Kean, Deputy Director, Civil Service Employee Policy, Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary and Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Chief Constable Julian Williams, Chief Constable of Gwent Police and National Lead for Professional Ethics, National Police Chiefs' Council; Megan Butler, Director of Investment, Wholesale and Specialist Supervision, Financial Conduct Authority, Lorna Fitzjohn, Regional Director for the West Midlands, Ofsted, Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Guardian for the NHS, National Guardian's Office, Philip White, Head of Operational Strategy, Health and Safety Executive
Oral Evidence
Michelle Russell (SHW0063)
Anya Proops QC, Aileen McColgan, Natalie Connor and Jennifer Robinson (SHW0059)
A member of the public (SHW0079)

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