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Claire Darwin advises Government Equalities Office on its Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Related Member(s):
Claire Darwin
Related Practice Area(s):
Discrimination and Equality, Employment Law

The Government Equalities Office has published its consultation on plans to strengthen protections against sexual harassment at work.

The consultation, which is available here, considers a number of significant changes to equality legislation, including:

  • extending time limits for all Equality Act claims in the Employment Tribunal to six months;
  • imposing a new duty on employers to protect workers from harassment;
  • allowing for dual enforcement of the new duty by the EHRC and/or individual employees;
  • reintroducing employer liability for third party harassment of their staff;
  • extending the coverage of Part V of the Equality Act 2010 to all interns and some volunteers.

Claire Darwin advised the Government Equalities Office on this consultation, in her capacity as a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel.  Full details about how to respond to the consultation can be found here. The consultation runs until 2 October 2019.