The social partners and the Danish Working Environment Authority recently launched a campaign to prevent sexual harassment as well as unacceptable and offensive conduct at the workplace.
Against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, last year the Danish Parliament adopted a Bill to amend the Act on Equal Treatment of Men and Women, entering into force on 1 January 2019. The amendment has helped focus attention on sexual harassment in the workplace. Now the social partners and the Working Environment Authority have joined forces for the campaign ”Where’s the limit?”, further bringing into focus the prevention of sexual harassment.
The goal of the campaign is to prevent unacceptable and offensive conduct at the workplace and, thus, aiming at creating a working environment and workplace free from of sexual harassment.
As part of the campaign, a website has been set up to provide material regarding the subject. Such material e.g. includes a campaign video and a leaflet with ten recommendations on how to prevent and handle sexual harassment. A tool for dialogue has also been developed, comprising a range of dialogue cards intended to facilitate discussions about and prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace.
Further information on the subject and the campaign material (in Danish) can be found here. You can download the leaflet providing recommendations as well as the dialogue cards.
The content of the above is not, and should not be a substitute for legal advice.
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