Tackling sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a trade union issue

We know that it takes courage to report sexual harassment at work, whether you’ve experienced it directly or seen it happen to somebody else.

We also know that workplace cultures that routinely tolerate sexism and misogyny are those that are also most likely to foster the most extreme instances of sexual harassment.

Fundamentally sexual harassment arises from misuse of power – organisational and physical – and it can simply be too much to deal with on your own.

Prospect is on your side.

We are committed to using every tool at our disposal to protect members from sexual harassment at work.

We can:

  • Represent you individually – Providing expert support to victims of sexual harassment, both in your workplace and through legal proceedings.
  • Use our collective bargaining experience and influence to shape better workplace policies and cultures, to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the workplace.
  • Organise and campaign – For awareness and better education of workers and employers, and for stronger laws to protect workers. We will not stand back from publicly criticising employers who fail to act.

Support for members

If you’re a Prospect member and you’re unsure whether a situation you’re experiencing classifies as harassment, please speak to first to your local representative or Full Time Officer.

Please note that Prospect is sometimes asked to represent those accused of sexual harassment. Where this is the case, we will always check to ensure that victims who are members are also offered representation by a different Prospect official. We have long experience of operating effective Chinese walls in such cases.

If you are not sure who your local representative or Full Time Officer is, please call our member contact centre on 0300 600 1878 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 7pm) or email [email protected].

Other steps

We are also:

  • Updating our workplace guidance and will be issuing it on a sectoral basis in 2024.
  • Devising a short training course for representatives to support victims of workplace sexual harassment.

Find out how you can get help and support with tackling sexual harassment