Legal Outlook

Episode 2, World@Work Employment mini-series

Workplace sexual harassment is an issue in every nation around the world, and different governments are seeking to address it in different ways.

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In this episode of our World@Work mini-series, we compare recent legal reforms in Spain, the UK and Australia – all aimed at tackling the issue of workplace sexual harassment.

Cristina Grande explains the Spanish crackdown, by  criminalising certain workplace harassment and discrimination. As legal entities, employers can be held liable if certain incidents occur within the organisation in Spain. Cristina explains the real and potential consequences of this, as well as the harassment prevention measures that proactive employers are now taking. Raquel Mendieta also outlines how new Spanish laws could impact employers and employees.

Liz Parkin and Tamara Lutvey reflect on the similarities between the approaches in the UK and Australia, where workplace sexual harassment is not criminalised. Liz explains the shifting legislative  landscape in the UK, where the focus has been on workplace health and safety. Meanwhile, Tamara highlights Australia’s focus on giving victims of workplace sexual harassment as much choice as possible in how they wish to report, address and/or prosecute the issue.

Regardless of how legislators respond to workplace sexual harassment, one conclusion is inescapable: all employers globally need to maintain a positive workplace culture that promotes gender equality. This, in turn, reduces the risk of sexual harassment, and other harassment, discrimination and bullying.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to. Listeners should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.


Tamara Lutvey
+61 7 3259 7334
Cristina Grande
Head of Employment
+34 91 364 9422
Liz Parkin
Senior Associate
+44 20 7859 3413
Raquel Mendieta
+34 91 364 9821
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