Sexual harassment

Any kind of sexual harassment is not acceptable in the workplace and is not tolerated by New Zealand law.
You have the right to help and protection if you feel you are being sexually harassed.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is where you’re subject to unwanted sexual advances from your employer or another employee, getting requests for sexual favours or are being subjected to offensive physical or verbal behaviour of a sexual nature.
Any kind of unwanted harassment is a violation of your human rights. At work, it can also be misconduct, so your employer has a responsibility to investigate any claims. You also have the right to bring a personal grievance against your harasser.
Grounds for a personal grievance
We’re not always aware what is considered sexual harassment in the workplace, so it’s important to know what behaviour is unacceptable. Typically it includes requests for sex, rewards for sex, threats associated with sex, or behaviour of a sexual nature that you find offensive. If you feel you are being harassed, seek professional advice.

How we help

Sexual harassment is very upsetting, so we’re here to support and protect you while we get your situation resolved. We know any kind of legal action is also a financial stress, so we offer a no win, no fee service and cover any costs incurred until your situation is resolved.

If you feel you have been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace, we urge you to contact us immediately, in confidence.

If you want more information about sexual harassment, you can read a comprehensive summary at Employment New Zealand.

Additional information about the help you can access is available here.

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