Could the company be liable for the actions of an employee who sexually harassed another employee? What constitutes sexual harassment?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 December 2010
Arthur Cox
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The simple answer to the first question is yes. This is because the anti-discrimination legislation provides that anything done by the employee “in the course of his employment” is treated as done by the employer as well as by the employee, whether or not it was done with the employer’s knowledge or approval. As “in the course of his employment” is given a wide meaning, Christmas parties arranged by the employer are likely to be seen as an extension of the working environment to fall within this definition.

In terms of the second question, harassment includes conduct of a non-sexual nature, carried out on the grounds of the recipient's sex, and verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a

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