The Women and Equalities Committee launch an inquiry into workplace harassment

MPs are to examine non-disclosure agreements as part of an inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Women and Equalities Committee have launched a full inquiry on sexual harassment in the workplace and are now inviting submissions of written evidence. The inquiry follows a string of allegations of harassment and intimidation against leading figures in the US film and media industries, as well as claims of inappropriate behaviour in Parliament and other high-profile British institutions.

The committee’s chair, Mrs Miller – a former Conservative cabinet minister – says that they aim to identify who the perpetrators are and why sexual harassment happens in the workplace. They will also look at issues surrounding action the Government and employers can take to change workplace culture’ and how misconduct can be tackled more effectively.

Mrs Miller revealed that many women have come forward to speak about their “appalling experiences” and that recent evidence with “legal experts, employee and employers representatives painted a stark picture”. Under proposals published last week, members of parliament who have bullied or harassed their staff will have to write a letter of apology and undergo training, while in more serious cases they could be suspended or forced to face a public vote on their future. The Women and Equalities Committee believe that these penalties will change workplace culture, keep women safe and provide effective legal remedies.

If you have been affected by sexual harassment in the workplace you can send a written submission to The Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry here.

 

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