LRD Booklets February 2018

Tackling sexual harassment at work - a guide for union reps

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Introduction

Introduction
 [pages 3-4] (905 words)

Sexual harassment can happen to anyone at any time, in any place. All too often this sort of behaviour has been laughed off by perpetrators as a ...
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Chapter 1

1. The scale of the problem
 [ch 1: pages 5-6] (483 words)

The Equality Act 2010 defines sexual harassment as “unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s ...
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Who is affected by sexual harassment
 [ch 1: page 6] (180 words)

Third party harassment
 [ch 1: pages 6-7] (113 words)

Where is it most prevalent?
 [ch 1: page 7] (224 words)

Ethnic minorities
 [ch 1: page 7] (58 words)

Male-dominated sectors
 [ch 1: page 7] (79 words)

Politics
 [ch 1: page 8] (286 words)

Local government
 [ch 1: pages 8-9] (302 words)

The arts
 [ch 1: page 9] (228 words)

Education
 [ch 1: page 10] (223 words)

Hospitality
 [ch 1: pages 10-11] (340 words)

What classifies as workplace sexual harassment?
 [ch 1: page 11] (181 words)

Why is it a serious issue?
 [ch 1: page 12] (136 words)

Why is it a union issue?
 [ch 1: page 12] (239 words)

Under-reporting
 [ch 1: page 12] (250 words)

UCU checklist for members on what to do if they are being sexually harassed
 [ch 1: page 13] (162 words)

Chapter 2

2. The law
 [ch 2: pages 14-15] (414 words)

Workers have legal rights to protection from sexual harassment through the Equality Act 2010 (EA 10). Criminal and other laws (including health and ...
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Sexual harassment at work and the Equality Act 2010
 [ch 2: page 15] (173 words)

Who is protected?
 [ch 2: pages 15-16] (274 words)

What rights does the Equality Act 2010 provide? 
 [ch 2: pages 16-19] (1,616 words)

The employer’s legal liability for sexual harassment under the Equality Act 2010
 [ch 2: pages 19-20] (452 words)

What are ‘reasonable steps’?
 [ch 2: pages 20-22] (767 words)

What about sexual harassment by ‘non-employees’ under the organisation’s control?
 [ch 2: pages 22-23] (467 words)

What about sexual harassment by third parties?
 [ch 2: pages 23-24] (361 words)

Tribunal remedies for sexual harassment 
 [ch 2: page 24] (288 words)

Historic allegations
 [ch 2: page 25] (160 words)

The EU perspective 
 [ch 2: pages 25-27] (771 words)

Chapter 3

3. Changing the workplace culture
 [ch 3: page 28] (193 words)

While there has been a massive amount of media coverage of sexual harassment recently, considerable action is required to achieve a permanent shift ...
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Publicising policies
 [ch 3: page 28] (135 words)

Campaigns
 [ch 3: pages 28-29] (192 words)

Surveys
 [ch 3: pages 29-30] (409 words)

UNISON’s model survey
 [ch 3: page 31] (215 words)

Training
 [ch 3: pages 30-32] (275 words)

Working with others
 [ch 3: page 32] (90 words)

European Trade Union Confederation’s recommendations
 [ch 3: pages 32-33] (338 words)

Chapter 4

4. Drawing up a policy to deal with sexual harassment at work
 [ch 4: page 34] (256 words)

The single most important thing a rep can do when it comes to tackling sexual harassment is to ensure that there are good workplace policies in place ...
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Trade union involvement
 [ch 4: page 34] (77 words)

Contents
 [ch 4: pages 34-35] (317 words)

Commitment
 [ch 4: page 35] (99 words)

Disciplinary offence
 [ch 4: page 35] (66 words)

Definition and examples
 [ch 4: page 35] (205 words)

Reporting channels
 [ch 4: page 36] (80 words)

Informal and formal resolution
 [ch 4: page 37] (285 words)

Outcomes
 [ch 4: pages 37-38] (203 words)

Support and advice
 [ch 4: page 38 ] (157 words)

Implementation
 [ch 4: page 38] (108 words)

Chapter 5

5. Representing members
 [ch 5: page 39] (184 words)

A union rep can provide a reassuring presence for the complainant. Members who have taken the decision to come forward can be feeling frightened or ...
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Representing a member reporting sexual harassment
 [ch 5: pages 39-41] (627 words)

Access to counselling
 [ch 5: page 41] (62 words)

Contacting the police
 [ch 5: page 41] (96 words)

Initial informal approach
 [ch 5: page 41] (26 words)

Formal approach
 [ch 5: pages 41-43] (607 words)

Redeployment
 [ch 5: page 43] (170 words)

Representing both sides
 [ch 5: page 43] (120 words)

Representing an alleged harasser
 [ch 5: pages 44-45] (561 words)

Practical support 
 [ch 5: page 45] (207 words)

Dealing with formal allegations of sexual harassment
 [ch 5: pages 45-46] (228 words)

What if the harasser is a union officer or rep?
 [ch 5: page 46] (105 words)

Investigations 
 [ch 5: pages 46-47] (610 words)

Evidence
 [ch 5: page 48] (368 words)

Suspension
 [ch 5: pages 48-49] (462 words)

Disciplinary hearings 
 [ch 5: pages 49-50] (68 words)

Sanctions 
 [ch 5: page 50] (248 words)

Model procedure to deal with complaints of sexual harassment
 [ch 5: pages 51-54] (896 words)

Further information

Further information
 [page 55] (363 words)

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