My boss made a pass at me at the Christmas party. He said if I complained, it would end my chances of promotion. What can I do?

Some managers will try to play down sexual harassment at Christmas parties, as these parties are seen as "a bit of fun" rather than work time. However, if a party is held at the employer's expense, and is clearly a works Christmas party, your boss's behaviour will almost certainly amount to sexual harassment at work even though it took place at the party.

In any case, behaviour of this sort is simply unacceptable, as well as being unlawful sex discrimination.

If you are concerned that your boss may act on the threat and/or you now feel uncomfortable working with him because of his behaviour, speak to your union rep if you have one. If you are not a union member, you can get advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Acas or Citizens Advice.

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