Bosses can be held liable if they turn a blind eye to sexual harassment at work

Employers who trivialise sexual harassment complaints in the workplace could suffer serious legal consequences.

Employment law attorney Phetheni Nkuna says every employer has a statutory obligation to create a safe and healthy working environment for staff.

Read: 'I was just trying to keep my job' - women on fighting sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment is legally defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, she explains.

Complaints can be reported by the victim or any other colleague who witnesses the unwelcome conduct.

Also read: 'The workplace is not pro-woman' - panelists discuss sexual harassment

Companies must have explicit sexual harassment policies, she adds. Standard disciplinary processes will not suffice.

Nkuna says employees should always interrogate a company's sexual harassment policy and procedure.

The policies must include protective measures for complainant, including confidentiality

There are liabilities and implications for employers who essentially turn a blind eye.

Phetheni Nkuna, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells

The Employment Equity categorises sexual harassment as a form of discrimination.

Phetheni Nkuna, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells

Zero tolerance is what I always advise my clients. It has to be stipulated in the policy that it will not be condoned or tolerates.

Phetheni Nkuna, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells

Listen to the entire discussion during the World of Work feature:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
#702's Game Changers: Dr Shakira Choonara

#702's Game Changers: Dr Shakira Choonara

'I want to become a responsive leader which is really missing in the African Continent.' says Dr Shakira Choonara

Mabe faces ANC grievance panel over sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday

Mabe faces ANC grievance panel over sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday

EWN's Clement Manyathela says Pule Mabe is facing a grievance panel to answer to sexual harassment allegations against him.

ANCWL stance on Pule Mabe differs from reaction to Mduduzi Manana say callers

ANCWL stance on Pule Mabe differs from reaction to Mduduzi Manana say callers

Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show debate Pule Mabe's sexual harassment allegations.

'Equal Education sexual harassment report caused some unhappiness'

'Equal Education sexual harassment report caused some unhappiness'

Author and Daily Maverick journalist Rebecca Davis shed some light on the Equal Education's sexual harassment report.

'I was just trying to keep my job' - women on fighting sexual harassment at work

'I was just trying to keep my job' - women on fighting sexual harassment at work

Dr Eve says inappropriate sexual jokes, unwanted comments or touching and gestures are no longer acceptable in the workplace.

Career sabotage and an alleged 'sex pest' CEO - Grant Thornton's culture exposed

Career sabotage and an alleged 'sex pest' CEO - Grant Thornton's culture exposed

Former director Nerisha Singh says Grant Thornton SA sabotaged her job prospects after speaking up about sexual harassment claims.

NGOs may be turning a blind eye to sexual harassment within own organisation

NGOs may be turning a blind eye to sexual harassment within own organisation

Sexual harassment and violence against women in the workplace are in the spotlight as victims come forward to tell their stories.

'The workplace is not pro-woman' - panelists discuss sexual harassment

'The workplace is not pro-woman' - panelists discuss sexual harassment

A panel of women discuss how patriarchy and misogyny manifest in the workplace, lecture hall, court room and other social spaces.

3 commitments companies must make to curb sexual harassment

3 commitments companies must make to curb sexual harassment

Associate professor at Wits Law Bonita Meyersfeld advocates for a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Maimane resigns as DA leader, Trollip follows

[WATCH] Maimane resigns as DA leader, Trollip follows

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has thrown in the towel. He announced his resignation at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

My artwork is far from satanic, says Grantleigh pupil

My artwork is far from satanic, says Grantleigh pupil

The matric pupil at Grantleigh School, whose artwork is at the centre of religious debate online, has issued a formal statement.

Checkers is steadily moving upmarket. And it’s working

Checkers is steadily moving upmarket. And it’s working

Checkers is getting "better and better", says branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

[WATCH] A driver smiles and waves at a driver with road rage

[WATCH] A driver smiles and waves at a driver with road rage

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] SA rugby youngsters doing their own haka goes viral

[WATCH] SA rugby youngsters doing their own haka goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'I want to ensure my money delivers change to as many people as possible'

'I want to ensure my money delivers change to as many people as possible'

Black Business Council president Sandile Zungu on his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

Xolani Xala (SA Business Abroad) defends his defence of ANC stalwart Baleka Mbete’s "car crash" interview on Al Jazeera.