Call for evidence – Employer responses to sexual harassment in the workplace


1. Introduction


Thank you for taking the time to respond to this call for evidence. The Fawcett Society is working with women's organisations from across the four nations of the UK on a project to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace: Chwarae Teg, Women’s Resource & Development Agency, and Close the Gap. This project is funded by Rosa through the Time's Up Justice and Equality Fund

This work aims to inform employers how to be more proactive in their efforts towards ending sexual harassment. The current approach relies on women reporting experiences that can be incredibly sensitive and traumatic. 

Who are we? 

The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading organisation campaigning for equality between women and men. We trace our roots back to 1866, when Millicent Fawcett began her lifetime’s work leading the peaceful campaign for women’s votes. Today we remain the most authoritative, independent advocate for women’s rights in the UK.

This call for evidence

The aim of this call for evidence is to hear from women who have experienced workplace sexual harassment about how their employer responded and what they thought about the response.

We will ask you about:
  • The process of making a sexual harassment report
  • What happened after the report was made
  • What employer responses worked well
  • What employer responses worked poorly
  • What employers could do to support employees who have experienced workplace sexual harassment
We will not ask you to recount the actual experience you had, as we know this may be traumatic and the focus of this work is on your employer’s response.