An employee feels they are being sexually harassed by a colleague at an office party – do I as a manager need to do something?

Yes, the employer’s obligation to investigate and rectify the situation applies to sexual harassment that is related to work.

The obligation applies as soon as the employer becomes aware in some way that someone in the workplace feels they have been subjected to sexual harassment.

The obligation applies to incidents that occur in the workplace but also to those that occur outside of the workplace and  outside of normal working hours if there is a connection to work. For example, it applies to incidents that occur during a business trip, at a party organised by the employer or during an excursion colleagues undertake together.

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