New advice issued to prevent workplace harassment

Pub banter and social media posts could be classed as workplace harassment, the UK’s equality watchdog has warned. New guidance setting out steps for preventing harassment and victimisation in the workplace has been issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The advice includes developing effective policies, training and knowing how to deal with complaints.

In time, the new guidance will become statutory measures enforceable by law. The EHRC said there was an “overwhelming” need for tougher action on harassment in the workplace. Such harassment can include offensive, humiliating, intimidating, hostile or degrading behaviour relating to race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability or religion.

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