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Francesca Charlton writes for Personnel Today on how employers can prevent sexual harassment

Last week the chief executive of McDonald’s UK & Ireland, Alistair Macrow, informed MPs that he has received 407 employee complaints since the BBC’s investigation into its workplace culture.

Macrow revealed that 157 out of the 407 complaints had been investigated so far, 17 of which related to sexual harassment resulting in disciplinary action. He also revealed that McDonald’s UK was receiving one or two sexual harassment allegations each week.

Francesca Charlton, Associate, highlights the steps employers like McDonalds should take to prevent unwanted conduct.

See a snippet of her insights below:

As a starting point, employers should ensure that they have adequate anti-bullying and harassment policies in place. This should confirm who is protected, define sexual harassment and give clear examples of it, set out a clear and effective reporting structure for receiving and responding to complaints and confirm that disciplinary action will be taken for breaches of the policy, which could include dismissal.

Read her full piece in Personnel Today here.

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