Bullying and harassment

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Helping you put a stop to being bullied or harassed in your workplace.

  • Bullying and harassment can make your life miserable at work, but you have the protection of the law to help you put a stop to it.
  • Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are not bullied or harassed at work, and if they fail in their duty you can bring a claim against them.
  • We will guide and support you through the entire process.

Are you trying to prevent bullying or harassment? Do you want 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.

Katherine Maxwell

Katherine Maxwell

Partner | Employment

023 8071 8094

What is bullying and harassment at work?

Bullying and harassment at work refers to any unwanted behaviour that is intended to intimidate, degrade, or offend an employee. This can include physical, verbal, or psychological abuse, and can have a serious impact on the health and wellbeing of the affected employee. It is against the law to bully or harass employees in the workplace, and employers have a responsibility to take steps to prevent it from happening.

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 described 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 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.

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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
  • Preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking promotion or training opportunities

We understand that experiencing bullying and harassment can be very distressing. We are here to support you and use our experience and expertise to help you decide upon the best action to take.

We will explain what’s involved in claiming against your employer and guide you through the entire process.

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