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Bullying and harassment

Are you trying to prevent bullying or harassment? Or do you wish to pursue a claim against your employer through the courts?

Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are not bullied or harassed whilst at work.

If you are being bullied and/or harassed you may be able to bring a claim against your employer. We understand that allegations of bullying and harassment can be very distressing and we are experienced at helping individuals through the entire process.

For more information please contact Katherine Maxwell or Naomi Greenwood.

What is bullying and harassment in the workplace?

Harassment is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as: Unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious/insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Who can be found to be either bullying or harassing me?

Bullying and harassment can be by one co-worker to another, by an individual in a position of authority or involve a group of people.

Examples of bullying and harassment include:

  • spreading rumours;

  • insulting someone, by word or behaviour;

  • exclusion or victimisation;

  • unfair treatment;

  • overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position;

  • unwelcome sexual advances;

  • making threats or comments about job security without foundation;

  • deliberately undermining a competent worker by overloading and constant criticism; and

  • preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking promotion or training opportunities.

 

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