There are new obligations on employers aimed at strengthening protection against harassment. These include an obligation on all employers with over seven employees to adopt a policy on workplace harassment and an obligation to instigate disciplinary proceedings when the employer is aware of harassment at work.

Harassment is defined under the Portuguese Labor Code as an “unwanted behavior, namely based on a discriminatory factor, which occurs while applying to work or in the workplace, during work or professional training, with the intent or result of disturbing or embarrassing a person, offending a person or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or disturbing atmosphere.” 

The following are key amendments to the Portuguese Labor Code made by Law no. 73/2017:


This new legislative framework for the prevention of workplace harassment has improved and reinforced the protection of harassed employees. It is designed to raise awareness among employees and promote reporting of inappropriate behaviors, and require employers to have a more active role in preventing and combating unlawful conduct in the workplace.

Written by Rui Vaz Pereira of Cuatrecasas and Roger James of Ogletree Deakins