02 April 2008
New sex discrimination laws set to come into force
New laws governing sex discrimination are set to come into force in the UK.
As a result of the new legislation, which will come into effect on April 6th, employers will be required to protect their workers from being sexually harassed by customers or members of the public.
Under the new rules, employees will be entitled to make claims against organisations that fail to take reasonable steps to protect them from such behaviour.
Lawyers have stated that firms that do not show they are clamping down on the sexual harassment experienced by their workers will risk compensation claims against them.
Speaking recently at the Seventh International Conference on Work, Stress and Health, Dr Sandy Hershcovis of the University of Manitoba warned that workplace bullying appears to inflict greater harm on staff members that sexual harassment.
According to the expert, as sexual harassment becomes less acceptable in society, companies may be more "attuned" to helping victims of it, whereas the victims of bullying are often left to "fend for themselves".