An employer must not harass a person. Behaviour will amount to harassment when it is:
- unwanted behaviour related to the protected characteristics
- sexual harassment
- less favourable treatment because of submission to or rejection of previous sex or gender reassignment harassment
An employer may also be responsible for harassment of its staff by a third party who does not work for them (such as a supplier or a customer). If the employer knows that the worker has been harassed twice before (from the same person or different people), but fails to take reasonable steps to protect the worker from further harassment, then the employer is liable.
Other forms of discrimination are:
- direct discrimination
- associative discrimination
- perceptive discrimination
- indirect discrimination
- disability discrimination
- a failure to make reasonable adjustments
For information about the protected characteristics and business best practice, return to the discrimination page.
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