My issue is about sexual harassment - IHREC - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

My issue is about sexual harassment

Unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature is known as sexual harassment and is against the law.

The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 (EEA) prohibit sexual harassment within the workplace.

Sexual harassment is behaviour which:

  • damages your dignity, for example, making loud remarks about your body and attractiveness
  • puts you in a hostile situation or environment, for example, displaying pornographic posters.

Sexual harassment can take many forms, including:

  • actions
  • gestures
  • spoken or written words
  • e-mails, text messages and social media posts

In the workplace, sexual harassment can be done by:

  • employers
  • co-workers, including supervisors and staff
  • clients, customers and anyone else that the employer could reasonably expect you to come into contact with.

Example A regular customer in a shop asks for assistance and then rubs up against you and makes lewd remarks.

Where an employee is harassed or sexually harassed in the workplace or, otherwise in the course of their employment, this will generally be regarded as discrimination by the employer, unless the employer can establish that it took reasonably practicable steps to prevent the employee from being harassed.

Have you been sexually harassed?