Many thanks for your patience. this won’t be ‘general’ harassment because for this to happen it must have occurred on at least two occasions. In this case, an isolated incident will not amount to harassment.
However, there is another form of harassment, sexual harassment, which comes under discrimination legislation, and which can occur even if it has only happened once.
Sexual harassment occurs when someone engages in unwanted behaviour which is of a sexual nature and which has the purpose or effect of:
· violating a person’s dignity or
· creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person.
‘Of a sexual nature’ can cover verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct including unwelcome sexual advances, inappropriate touching, forms of sexual assault, sexual jokes, etc.
So if there were sexual connotations to this behaviour, it could potentially amount to sexual harassment under the Equality Act 2010.
Does this answer your query?