About the campaign.
Sexual harassment of employees by customers, clients and other “third parties” is a serious and widespread issue in the UK.
Employees have the right to feel respected and be safe from harassment in their place of work.
This campaign demands zero tolerance towards sexual harassment. The government, regulators and employers need to do more to protect employees from unwanted sexual behaviours, no matter who the perpetrator is.
What is sexual harassment by a third party?
Sexual harassment can come in many different forms. It is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as "unwanted conduct of a sexual nature" which violates dignity and creates “an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”. This could include unwelcome sexual jokes, comments or questions; inappropriate remarks about your appearance; or unwanted touching or advances.
A “third party” could be a customer, client or service user, or anyone you come into contact with because of your job. This includes customers in a bar, pub or restaurant; a client of an agency or office; a shopper, visitor or service user.