What the Law Says
The Equality Act 2010
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Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Part 3 of the Regulations places a duty on all employers to make (and record if they have more than 5 employees) a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees, to which they are exposed at work. Employers must ensure that there are proper control measures in place to avoid these risks wherever possible. Where it is not possible to avoid risk, steps must be taken to reduce them so far, as is reasonably practicable.
The Working Time Regulations 1998
Safety representatives & Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (SRSCR 1977)
Sex Discrimination Act 1975 & Race Relations Act 1976
Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 & Race Relations Act 1976, where stress is being caused because of behaviour with an underlying sexual or racial nature, the employer could be held vicariously liable for the actions of a harassing or bullying employee, even where the employer was unaware of the situation.