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Bullying and harassment

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  • Oxfam's 'toxic work environment' allowed sexual misconduct allegations to go unchecked

    Date:
    17 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    The charity Oxfam failed to tackle an environment that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked, according to an interim independent review.

  • Alex Salmond sexual harassment investigation ruled unlawful

    Date:
    10 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has won his legal challenge against the way the Scottish government handled an investigation into claims he had sexually harassed two employees.

  • Date:
    20 December 2018
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Only two-thirds of UK employers have taken action to prevent sexual harassment - a proportion that is significantly below the European average. With this in mind, and as the government reveals a new plan to address harassment, Stephan Swinkels from Littler's international practice explains what employers should prioritise.

  • Sexual harassment to be tackled under new 12-point plan

    Date:
    19 December 2018
    Type:
    News

    The government is considering whether to introduce a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work as part of a package of measures to tackle inappropriate behaviour.

  • Date:
    1 November 2018
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    A recent incident on a Ryanair flight where a man was filmed having a racist rant at another passenger attracted huge publicity and calls for the airline to have done more. But where does an employer stand legally if an employee fails to intervene? Dan Peyton looks at the legislation.

  • How technology can help employees speak up over misconduct

    Date:
    16 October 2018
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Allegations of misconduct that enter the public eye can ruin corporate reputations and mark an end to executive careers. HR faces a tough challenge gaining employees' trust to report misconduct, but technology can help, says Neta Meidav of Vault.

  • Court of Appeal rules on employer liability for third-party harassment

    Date:
    7 June 2018
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Unite the Union v Nailard, the Court of Appeal held that the union was liable for the acts of its lay officials because they were acting as its agents, but that the union was not liable for failures by its employed union officials to prevent discrimination by third-party lay officials.

  • Bullying and harassment

    Type:
    Line manager briefings

    Updated to take account of the General Data Protection Regulation, in force from 25 May 2018.

  • EAT confirms importance of "context" in harassment cases

    Date:
    17 May 2018
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Bakkali v Greater Manchester Buses (South) Ltd t/a Stage Coach Manchester, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that asking a Muslim employee whether or not he supported IS did not amount to harassment because, given the context, the offending comment was not "related to" his religious belief or race.

  • Disability discrimination: No harassment claim possible where disability not established

    Date:
    1 October 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Peninsula Business Service Ltd v Baker [2017] IRLR 394 EAT, the EAT held that, for a claim of harassment to succeed in a case involving the protected characteristic of disability, it is not enough for the alleged harassment to be "related to" disability in a general sense. The claimant must actually have a disability to bring the claim.