At least 40%* of women have experienced workplace harassment. Women who are from marginalised communities are more likely to experience harassment in all its forms including sexual harassment.
Last year the UK government pledged to legislate for a duty on employers to tackle workplace sexual harassment. Changing cultures and moving away from the normalisation of harassment must be a priority to ensure everyone feels safe and can flourish at work.
Join Westminster Insight’s Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Conference to build safer working environments that do not tolerate sexual harassment.
We will explore five key areas to prevent and tackle sexual harassment in the workplace:
- Culture change
- Embedding policies
- Training staff
- Improving report mechanisms
- How to respond to reports
To ensure effective and lasting change, organisations need to equip and train staff to tackle sexual harassment. Learn how to create diverse, productive and people centred teams that can reinforce the importance of equality. Gain insight on how to develop managers who feel confident handling difficult conversations and can create an open-door culture.
Develop a workplace where employees feel safe to report incidents and employers feel well equipped to respond.
Embed a sexual harassment policy or toolkit in your workplace to work towards improving culture. You will hear from the voices of lived experience on the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace and what your organisation can do to support victims.
You will gain the opportunity to hear from a legal expert on how to support victims of harassment and build a workplace policy. With high profile claims being reported in the media and worldwide social media movements such as #MeToo, there has been a significant increase in workers coming forward to raise a complaint and take legal action. Understand the law around harassment. When does conduct amount to unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace. What are employers’ duties and liabilities? What are the time limits for issuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal and how may this change?
Network with peers and colleagues and meet a range of employers who are taking preventative steps to end sexual harassment in the workplace and build safer spaces for their employees.
*Fawcett Society, 2021
- Ending workplace sexual harassment: ensuring everyone can flourish at work
- Embedding workplace policies and resources that protect women from all communities
- Creating cultural change: improving reporting processes and your organisations response
- Equipping all staff to handle incidents with sensitivity
- Supporting victims of workplace sexual harassment
- Understanding the law around sexual harassment and how to handle sexual harassment complaints and claims
- Learning from lived experience: co-producing support services
- Signposting and clear messaging: implementing a zero-tolerance approach