The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has come to the fore in recent weeks as the Liberal Democrat party has been rocked by allegations concerning its former President Lord Rennard. Trevor Hughes, comments: “Without commenting on the particular story in any way, it is clear that sexual harassment in the workplace is totally unacceptable. Understanding what constitutes sexual harassment may not be easy to determine.”
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson, commented in the Law Society Gazette ( November 3rd 2011) on the successful case brought by London law firm, Webster Dixon against three legal expense insurers.
The ruling stated that an insurer cannot reject a policyholder’s freedom of choice of solicitor, purely because that firm charges a higher rate than a Panel firm.
The general rule is that in dealing with an internal disciplinary meeting/ hearing a person is usually only entitled to be accompanied by a friend/ relative, work colleague or a trade union representative.
Recent important cases have qualified this where the employee is a member of a regulated profession, such as a doctor or a teacher where the potential outcome includes dismissal.