The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
There is protection from harassment where it relates to one or more of the following protected characteristics (see: Protected characteristics—overview):
religion or belief
It will be noted that marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity are not explicitly protected; see: Harassment—Harassment which is not protected, below.
There is one type of harassment which is common to all the protected characteristics which are covered (see above): see Standard harassment—unwanted unpleasant conduct, below.
Further types of harassment claim (in addition to standard harassment claims) are available in relation to conduct which is:
of a sexual nature: see Conduct of a sexual nature and Rejection of, or submission to, harassing behaviour, below
related to gender reassignment, or related to sex: see Rejection of, or submission to, harassing behaviour, below
Except where the harassing conduct is of a sexual nature, the claimant must show that the conduct was 'related to' one of the protected characteristics which are covered (see above).
This relationship with a protected characteristic must be shown:
in all standard harassment cases
in claims regarding the rejection of, or submission to, harassing behaviour, where the original harassment suffered is not of a sexual nature (in such cases
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