Sexual harassment in the workplace Contents


Committee information



What is sexual harassment in the workplace?

How widespread is sexual harassment in the workplace?

The impact of workplace sexual harassment

Our inquiry

1 Put sexual harassment at the top of the agenda


A lack of action by employers

The need for strong incentives

Relieving the burden on the individual

Third party harassment

Protecting volunteers and interns

Changing expectations about behaviour

2 Require regulators to take a more active role


The role of regulators

The Health and Safety Executive

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

Other bodies

3 Make enforcement processes work better for employees


Employers’ policies and procedures: the need for a code of practice

Specific guidance that the code of practice should include

The tribunal system

Legal costs

Low compensation awards

Time limits

Protections for victims and claimants

Information gathering and the statutory questionnaire

Power to make wider recommendations

4 Clean up the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)


What is an NDA?

NDAs in employment contracts

NDA use in settlement agreements

A chilling effect? The silencing of victims

The Presidents Club Dinner

The Zelda Perkins case

Use of unenforceable and unethical clauses in NDAs

Regulation of members of the legal profession

Unethical practice

Action by regulators


5 Collect robust data

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 25 July 2018