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Thank you. Often, it can be difficult for the victim to bring up these issues and they almost feel guilty about having to take it further. These are normal feelings but they should not prevent you from trying to find the strength to do that. You need to remember that you are the victim, you are the one who I protected under law and who has the rights.
Your main rights come under the Equality Act 2010 which states that you must not be discriminated because of your sex and that includes sex harassment as well. The employer has a legal duty to protect you and to deal with the harasser but they need to know about it and this is where your complaint comes in.
Think about raising a formal grievance to officially bring this to their attention. Do it in confidence if needed. You also have the right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union rep at the meeting so you will get support.
However, if you do nothing and let this get brushed under the carpet, your time there will not be easy and you may also regret not having one anything when you leave so use the opportunities you still have whilst still employed there.
Does this answer your query?
are you able to record what you are experiencing, or get witnesses, even writing things down in a diary helps - that is all evidence you can use to help your position
Ok I do understand but all I can advise on is your legal position and options on taking it further – how you do it is for you to decide, based on what you feel most comfortable with. I still feel you have to formally take control of this and stat the grievance with the employer to prompt them to take it more seriously
You won’t get into trouble for not reporting harassment against you. Before any suspension is considered they will investigate to determine whether you have done anything wrong – if you are the victim, it will be difficult for them to find enough evidence to justify suspension
Still, they won't just suspend based on one person's word against another's,
I cannot tell you how to act and behave, you just have t be yourself - but this is not what I can advise on, I can only discuss the legal side
no point getting a lawyer yet, you have to see where this goes first as a lawyer cannot do much at this stage
You can consider leaving with immediate effect by saying you have been constructively dismissed or you can get signed off for the rest of the notice period, like with stress. It depends on whether you believe you can actually carry on until Dec or not - that is a decision you have to make
It will not affect your case, you have the right to consider either of these options
Carry on with what?
Well, just because you are not happy about it does not mean they cannot take it further if they believe they should. If you do nothing and let the complaints only be made against you, then it won’t look great – that is why you need to be raising your own grievance complaint about what you have experienced