If you have been sexually harassed at work, Employment Law Glasgow can help you get the compensation you deserve. No one should be made to feel intimidated or uncomfortable at work, and sexual harassment can even have an impact on your life outside of work too. Our lawyers are sympathetic and understanding but will fight to obtain a positive outcome for you. We understand that bringing a claim against your employer may seem intimidating, and particularly in sexual harassment cases, you may feel embarrassed about talking about what happened to you. We are here to help you, and guide you through making a claim with minimal distress. Employment Law Glasgow is powered by Thompsons Solicitors, a team of highly experienced employment lawyers providing practical advice to employees. To discuss the circumstances leading to your case in strictest confidence, call us today on 0141 280 3925 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you without delay. We look forward to helping you move on with your working life. 

Sexual Harassment at Work Legal Advice Glasgow 

Suffering from sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace can have devasting consequences for your career and your confidence. All workers have the right to feel safe and respected at work, and should not have to suffer behaviour that creates a toxic environment or that makes them feel intimidated. The law protects employees from sexual harassment in the workplace, but we still deal with many cases each year. We understand that discussing your situation or coming forward may make you feel distressed, confused or angry, but we can help you get the justice you need to move on with your life.

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace? 

Sexual harassment at work can take many forms, but even the most subtle form of harassment can have a significant impact on how you feel in the workplace. Where you have been subject to any form of conduct of a sexual nature such as sexual jokes, banter or unwanted advances in the workplace, you may be able to bring a claim for sexual harassment. We regularly help clients who have experienced sexual harassment in the following in their working life: 

  • Spoken harassment of a sexual nature
  • Written harassment of a sexual nature
  • Threats or abuse
  • Offensive emails
  • Offensive social media posts
  • Displays of physical behaviour of a sexual nature
  • Jokes or pranks 
  • Any other unwelcome conduct

To bring a claim for sexual harassment against your employer, it does not have to be your boss or superior that subjected you to the unwanted conduct. Your employer has a duty to ensure that you do not experience sexual harassment in the workplace. To meet this obligation, employers must take complaints about such conduct seriously, train staff with regard to what constitutes inappropriate behaviour and also actively monitor staff members behaviour in the workplace. 

Furthermore, the behaviour in question does not need to be objective offensive. Where you are made to feel humiliated or degraded, or where the behaviour creates an intimidating or hostile working environment, this may be enough to make a claim for sexual harassment in the workplace. 

However, generally, the conduct must take place in the course of employment. This may extend to social hours and work-related events such as Christmas parties or when travelling for work. Under certain circumstances, it may take place in non-work related circumstances where it has an effect on the work environment. This can be difficult to prove as employers usually are not expected to investigate or monitor behaviour that takes place outside of the working environment. 

How can I bring a claim for sexual harassment in the workplace? 

Sexual harassment claims are subject to time limits, so it is important to act quickly. You should get in contact with an experienced employment lawyer at an early stage, to ensure your claim has the best chance of success. Our lawyers are highly experienced in bringing sexual harassment claims and will help gather evidence to build a strong case for you. 

Our first step will be to make a complaint on your behalf to your employer. We can work with your employer to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If you no longer feel that you can continue to work for your employer, we will negotiate favourable terms for leaving your employment as well as a compensatory sum, and other terms we deem to be appropriate for your circumstances. You can then enter into a formal settlement agreement, which will prevent you from making a claim against your employer in return for the terms we have negotiated. 

Where your employer does not deal with this complaint in a way that is satisfactory to you, and we cannot reach an agreement, we will then escalate your case and bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal. Before we can bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal, we must notify the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) about your complaint.

ACAS must be notified of your complaint within three months less one day from the specific act of discrimination, or where the discrimination is ongoing, from the date of the last act. As you can see, acting quickly is vital in the success of your case. After ACAS has been notified, we must bring your complaint to an Employment Tribunal within one month. To start your claim, get in touch with our experienced lawyers today. We can often work with clients on a no-win, no fee basis. Call us now; there is no time to delay. 

Contact our Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Lawyers Today

If you are concerned that you have been the object of sexual harassment at work in any way, please contact us.

We at Employment Law Glasgow are very familiar with the equality legislation in the UK and are regularly involved in advising people who believe that they have been the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace. We will work with you to try and address the situation, and represent you at an Employment Tribunal if this is needed.

You can contact us by calling 0141 280 3925 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.

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