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Acas guidance on sexual harassment in the workplace

Acas has produced new guidance on recognising sexual harassment in the workplace and the steps that victims and employers should take

Acas has produced new guidance on recognising sexual harassment in the workplace and the steps that victims and employers should take

Essential facts

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. A number of high-profile cases in the media, in which the alleged perpetrators include Hollywood personalities and Westminster politicians, has led to an increased awareness of the problem.

It can happen anywhere, including the workplace. It violates the dignity of a worker or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

A global review of 136 studies published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies in 2014 found that a quarter of nurses had experienced sexual harassment.

What’s new

Recognising sexual harassment and the steps that victims can take is the subject of

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