Staff need to know you'll take their claims of harassment seriously. Mary Goldsbrough's recent article for Real Business advises employers on which policies you should have in place and how to ensure staff know what do when such an event occurs.
Under the Equality Act 2010, sexual harassment is when someone engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, which either violates the dignity of the recipient, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for them. Essentially, if someone’s behaviour is inappropriately sexual, unwanted, and makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s sexual harassment. It can come in many forms – from comments and jokes, to emails or messages, or more overt physical action. Every employee has a right to be free from harassment when they’re at work – and it’s your duty, as an employer, to enforce that.