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Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace

6. Guiding principles


Employers should create and maintain a working environment in which the dignity of employees is respected. A climate in the workplace should also be created and maintained in which complainants of sexual harassment will not feel that their grievances are ignored or trivialized, or fear reprisals. Implementing the following guidelines can assist in achieving these ends:


6.1 Employers/management and employees are required to refrain from committing acts of sexual harassment.


6.2 All employers/management and employees have a role to play in contributing towards creating and maintaining a working environment in which sexual harassment is unacceptable. They should ensure that their standards of conduct do not cause offence and they should discourage unacceptable behaviour on the part of others.


6.3 Employers/management should attempt to ensure that persons such as customers, suppliers, job applicants and others who have dealings with the business are not subjected to sexual harassment by the employer or its employees.


6.4 Employers/management should take appropriate action in accordance with this code where instances of sexual harassment occur in the working environment.