What did the tribunal say about the sexual harassment case?
According to Judge Joanna Wade, the £50,000 award included £40,000 for injury to feelings and £10,000 for psychiatric injury.
Daniel Zona, an associate at Collyer Bristow, stated that employers must take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment, including providing appropriate training and policies.
Zona emphasized the importance of conducting thorough and fair internal investigations in cases of sexual harassment.
Employers must consider the needs and rights of both the alleged victim and perpetrator and take proportionate measures to protect the victim if necessary.
Zona recommended examining company culture when dealing with such incidents.
Discrimination and harassment often occur in workplaces with poor cultures that overlook it.
Improving workplace culture can reduce instances of such behaviour and improve the experience of women and minorities.
Swiftly and robustly dealing with instances of discrimination and harassment, while considering the accused’s rights during any investigation, is a great way to discourage such behaviour generally.