The most important thing is to get the harassment to stop

Getting the harassment to stop

Workplaces and educational institutions should have instructions for how to handle harassment. These instructions and the prevention of harassment can be dealt with e.g. during the equality planning.

The most important thing in a harassment situation is to get the harassment to stop. If the victim thinks that the employer, educational institution, interest group or supplier of goods or services has neglected their duty to take available measures to eliminate the sexual or gender-based harassment after they have been notified of it, then according to the Equality Act they can take the case to a district court and claim compensation. Such legal action must be instituted within two years of the violation of the prohibition of discrimination.

The perpetrator may have to bear responsibility for their actions under the Criminal Code and the Tort Liability Act. Discrimination in working life may also meet the criteria of criminal discrimination at work or violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act. If the sexual harassment also includes the intentional violation of a person's physical integrity, then the regulations in the Criminal Code regarding assault and sexual offences may also be applied. Physical sexual harassment has been criminalised under the Criminal Code (chapter 20, section 5 a in the Criminal Code).