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ISM writes to Minister for Women and Equalities in response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace

ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts has written to the Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss, to ask for protections against sexual harassment in the workplace for musicians.

Nearly two years after its launch in July 2019, the Government has published its response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace.

While the response covers much ground such as length of time to bring claims to tribunal and a new duty on employers to prevent harassment, it provides very little protection for freelance workers, including many musicians. Protections instead remain primarily focused on employees. The ISM’s original response to the consultation called for wider protections for the music workforce, echoed by others from across our sector.

Although we welcome the commitment to introduce a preventative duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, it is not yet clear how or when the planned protections will be introduced, or the details of the legislation.

The ISM has asked Government provide details about the additional protections, fix a timeframe for their introduction, and go further to protect those who report sexual harassment from victimisation and harm to their career thereafter.

The ISM continues to work towards a safe and welcoming music industry for all, and we will be calling on Government to introduce robust and far-reaching protections for the freelance music workforce, who often fall outside the scope of legislative protections at work.