A guide to sexual harassment in the workplace and employment law

All employers have a duty of care to protect their workers from sexual harassment and are liable if they do not take reasonable steps to prevent it. Employers are liable for the actions of their employees in the course of their employment, including those who perpetrate sexual harassment, although victims also have the option to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.

Employers are usually expected to have an anti-harassment policy in place that is communicated to workers and is effectively implemented, monitored and reviewed. Employers are also expected to have appropriate procedures for reporting harassment and for protecting victims.


This briefing is created by Rights of Women.

It is produced by funding from London Councils for the Ascent Support Services to Organisations project. 

About Ascent

Ascent is a partnership project undertaken by the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, under six themes, funded by London Councils. The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence. The project seeks to improve the quality of such services across London by providing a range of training and support. 

Women’s Resource Centre is the lead partner in the Support Services Strand where we work together with 5 partner organisations:

Rights of Women


Women and Girls Network

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)


Find out more about the Ascent project here.

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