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


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.