Employers Liable for ALL forms of Harassment

The House of Lords has today ruled unanimously in Majrowski v Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Trust that an employer can be liable under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for harassment committed by an employee in the course of employment. Such claims can be brought in the County Court or High Court but not in the Employment Tribunal. The time for bringing such a claim is 6 years. This gives employees who have missed the 3 month deadline for bringing Employment Tribunal claims under the discrimination legislation if they have been harassed at work by another employee. It also gives employees who have been the victims of harassment which does not fall under the current discrimination headings the chance to sue their employers for the harassment.

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