One of my employees has alleged that their line manager is sexually harassing them. How should employers approach this issue?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 May 2017
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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Whilst it would be important to seek specific legal advice in respect of this matter, there are a number of general principles which should be considered. The first priority is to establish the facts, regardless of whether you have a harassment policy. You should appoint a suitable person, who is not connected with the allegation and is of sufficient seniority, to conduct a thorough investigation. In all cases, the employer should consider whether the employee and the alleged harasser need to be separated, or the harasser suspended pending formal disciplinary action. An employee should not be moved without their consent.

It is important to note at this stage and throughout that it is the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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