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Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a responsibility to ensure that their employees' health, safety, and wellbeing is in their best interest, and preventing harassment in the workplace comes as part of that responsibility. This bundle will help employees understand what is deemed as unacceptable behaviour and help organisations to prevent harassment at work.
Your Legal Responsibilities
Having a workplace where employees can feel safe is crucial and there are many legal obligations relating to preventing harassment at work that both employers and employees must adhere to. Here are some of the key considerations.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality and Diversity Act was created to simplify, strengthen, and harmonise existing legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law; not only to help protect individuals from inequitable treatment but also to provide and promote a fair and equal society. The protected characteristics covered in this legislation includes age.
The Protection from Harassment Act
Under this act, it a criminal offence to pursue conduct that leads to harassment, or fear that violence will be used. If convicted, someone can be sentenced to up to six months in prison, or get a fine of up to £5000.
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 protects people from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status.
Employers still have a legal responsibility under the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes preventing bullying & harassment at work.