Is defined by the European Union Code of Practice as ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, or other conduct based on sex, affecting the dignity of men and women at work’. In English law there is no specific law forbidding sexual harassment, but it is held to be against the Sex Discrimination Act 1976 as it involves subjecting a person to a detriment or treating them less favourably because of their sex.
Case example: Porcelli v Strathclyde Regional District Council (1984)
Two male colleagues frequently made suggestive remarks to a female worker, deliberately brushed against her and generally made her life at work so unpleasant that she asked to be transferred to another post. This was held to be discriminatory behaviour.