Clayton Utz Report - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The AICD commissioned this Report to support directors in driving real and substantial change in how sexual harassment complaints are addressed. See the AICD’s Governance Snapshot for further detail.

The Report explores considerations and common challenges that can arise when an organisation considers its response to sexual harassment allegations, offers case studies, and outlines steps that organisations can take to effectively prevent and respond to sexual harassment misconduct.

The Report endorses the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) Respect@Work Report’s recommendation to adopt a ‘complainant-centric’ approach to responding to sexual harassment in the workplace. This approach is guided principally by a complainant’s safety, wellbeing and wishes in determining what actions are taken, and how.

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Addressing workplace sexual harassment – practical checklist for boards


Complimentary webinar

A Practical Roadmap for Responding to Workplace Sexual Harassment | Tuesday 31 August

Join Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins GAICD, Kevin McCann AO FAICD(Life) and experts from Clayton Utz for an in-depth discussion on the legal and board-level considerations for effectively tackling sexual harassment in the workplace.