Friday 1 October 2010 3.10pm
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The new Equality Act and you
1 October 2010 Last updated at 12:53
Protection from harassment has been further extended so that the employer can be held liable for harassment by a third party, such as a customer or contractor”
Has the world gone bonkers?
A one-off incident may amount to harassment, and so the victim need not have made the perpetrator aware that the conduct was unwanted.
The definition covers conduct which is "related to" a protected characteristic - a protected characteristic being sex, race, religious belief etc.
This means that there is no need for the particular employee's characteristics to be the reason for the unwanted conduct in order to trigger liability.