Employers liable for sexual harassment even outside the workplace

The District Court from the Swiss canton of Vaud judged a case of an employee who had sued for sexual harassment at the workplace. In the case in cause, one of the supervisors sent unwanted text messages and made other advances.

The harassment occurred outside of the company and during free hours, but it was still considered sexual harassment at the workplace. It is considered that the performance of the harassed person is affected by the harassment, the perpetrator is a co-worker or a supervisor and the persons in cause work together or work closely, thus it can be viewed as sexual harassment at work. The employer should have been obliged to intervene.

Moreover, the employer is obliged to stop sexual harassment in their company or to make sure that this situation stops.

Source: Cantonal Court VD

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