Should employers provide their employees with any information about discrimination?
It is advisable for employers to inform employees that they must not discriminate against another worker because of a protected characteristic or engage in harassment related to a protected characterisic. Employers could also provide examples of what might constitute discrimination, such as jokes about a worker's age. Numerous examples can be found in the Equality Act 2010: code of practice on employment.
When providing information, employers should take account of discrimination and harassment by perception and association, and of the fact that harassment does not have to be directed at the complainant. Failure to take all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination or harassment occurring will mean that the employer is liable for an employee's acts of discrimination or harassment.