Report type
Research and reports
Issue date
11 Nov 2017

Know Your Rights - Protection from sexual harassment

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You are protected from sexual harassment in the workplace by the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 defines sexual harassment as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

It does not matter how long you have worked for your employer or whether you are a permanent employee, an apprentice or trainee, on a fixed-term contract or supplied by an agency, you are still protected by this legislation.

This booklet describes the offence, its impact and the rights you have to fight back if it happens.


Know your Rights logoThe TUC publishes a series of free booklets explaining your rights at work and dealing with other common workplace problems. Know Your Rights booklets