The government has launched a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace, looking at whether the laws on sexual harassment in the workplace are operating effectively. The proposals in the consultation include introducing a new duty for employers to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and reinstating protection against sexual harassment by third parties through the re-introduction of section 40 of the Equality Act.
The CBI has responded to the government’s proposals because we support further action by business and government – including additional regulation where appropriate and when necessary – to tackle the problem of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in any form is illegal but remains a problem that too many people continue to be exposed to. No part of society is immune from the risk of sexual harassment, and this risk extends into the workplace.
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