Force employers to believe sexual harassment complainants
Emma Gross' comments appeared in The Times Brief
Employers should be under a mandatory duty to presume that women making allegations of sexual harassment against bosses or colleagues are telling the truth, a prominent lawyer says today.
The controversial call for a change in employment rules has set specialist lawyers at odds with each other as those acting for employers argue that such a radical move would overturn a fundamental principle of English law: the presumption of innocence....
Emma Gross, an employment law specialist at London law firm SA Law, added that it was "important that employers and everyone else involved in these sorts of cases work hard to make sure multiple accusations don't colour their view of how the case is treated – everyone is innocent until proven guilty and everyone deserves a fair hearing". She agreed with Fox that "it's against natural justice to presume anything and it's important each individual claim is dealt with judiciously".