Women and Equalities Committee

Sexual harassment in the workplace inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Scope of the inquiry

Research suggests that 40% of women and 18% of men have experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace, ranging from unwelcome jokes or comments of a sexual nature to serious sexual assault. [Source: ComRes poll for the BBC]

On 31 January, the Committee heard oral evidence from experts on employment and law. We are now launching a full inquiry to consider in more depth issues covered in that session. We are inviting written evidence specifically on:

  • how widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is, and whether this has increased or decreased over time
  • who experiences sexual harassment in the workplace, who perpetrates it and what the impact is on different groups
  • actions that the Government and employers should be taking to change workplace culture to prevent sexual harassment, give people more confidence to report sexual harassment, and make this issue a higher priority for employers
  • how workers can be better protected from sexual harassment by clients, customers and other third parties
  • the effectiveness and accessibility of tribunals and other legal means of redress and what can be done to improve those processes
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, including how inappropriate use of such agreements might be tackled

This inquiry will sit alongside our related inquiry on the Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places.

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Latest evidence

  • 23 May 2018 - Sexual harassment in the workplace - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF287 KB) HC 725 | Published 24 May 2018

    Evidence given by Jean Ashton OBE, Director of Business Services and Gender Champion, Crown Prosecution Service, Clare Conaghan, Executive Director of Human Resources, Save the Children, Andrew Kean, Deputy Director, Civil Service Employee Policy, Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary and Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Chief Constable Julian Williams, Chief Constable of Gwent Police and National Lead for Professional Ethics, National Police Chiefs' Council; Megan Butler, Director of Investment, Wholesale and Specialist Supervision, Financial Conduct Authority, Lorna Fitzjohn, Regional Director for the West Midlands, Ofsted, Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Guardian for the NHS, National Guardian's Office, Philip White, Head of Operational Strategy, Health and Safety Executive

    Watch this evidence session

Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.

Help and support

If you would like support about sexual harassment or other sexual abuse you may wish to contact a specialist support service such as:

For advice relating to sexual harassment in the workplace, you can contact:

Committees of the House of Commons are not able to take up individual cases but if you would like to discuss what action is being taken locally on these issues you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament, Local Authority or Police and Crime Commissioner

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