Employment: Harassment at work: Preventing and tackling claims


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We are pleased to announce our next series of Employment seminars covering “Harassment at work: Preventing and tackling claims” The seminars will take place in various locations and booking is essential to secure your place. Please see details below.

Scandal in Hollywood and, much closer to home, in Westminster, has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment in recent months and the #MeToo campaign has given the issue a renewed social media profile. However research suggests that the problem is prevalent in our workplaces as well as in public life. Employee claims of sexual harassment, while thankfully relatively rare in most workplaces, can be difficult, sensitive and hugely damaging to an organisation. However, harassment can of course take many forms and our experience is that allegations of harassment on the basis of other protected characteristics such as disability, race and sexual orientation are not uncommon.

In this free seminar, experts from our Employment, Pensions and Immigration team will consider how UK employers can deal with harassment complaints confidently and effectively when they arise, as well as providing legal guidance that will help prevent harassment complaints arising at all. The issues we will cover in this session include:

  • What is ‘harassment’? When does ‘banter’ become unacceptable behaviour?
  • Sexual harassment and complaints related to other protected characteristics
  • Investigating an employee complaint of harassment
  • Your obligations to the ‘victim’ and the ‘accused’
  • What to do if an employee is harassed by a customer or contractor
  • Ensuring your polices and procedures protect your position (including the employer’s defence)
  • Dealing with complaints and how to best defend employment tribunal claims for harassment and discrimination

As always there will be an opportunity to ask questions and to share your experience with other HR practitioners. We hope you are able to join us.

Please see dates and venues below.

Employment seminars May June
Weightmans LLP Manchester office (*New address -No 1 Spinningfields Hardman Square Manchester M3 3EB) Finished Thursday 10 May  
Weightmans LLP Liverpool office (100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9QJ) Places available Tuesday 15 May  
Weightmans LLP London office (The Hallmark Building, 105 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 5JG ) Now closed and taking reserve list Thursday 17 May  
Weightmans LLP Leeds office (Westgate Point, Leeds, LS1 2AX) Places available Thursday 24 May  
Weightmans LLP Birmingham office (St Philips Point, Temple Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5AF ) Places available   Tuesday 5 June
Weightmans LLP Liverpool office (100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9QJ) Places available   Wednesday 6 June
*New venue 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RQ. Places available   Wednesday 13 June
Weightmans LLP Weightmans Manchester office (*New address -No 1 Spinningfields Hardman Square Manchester M3 3EB) Places available   Tuesday 19 June

Please note that the timings of the above seminars are 08:15am registration for 08:45am start-10:15am finish, except for Glasgow which is 16:30pm registration for 17:00pm start-18:00pm finish.

Booking is essential. Please complete the booking form below to secure your place and confirmation will be sent out in due course.

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