Workplace bullying & harassment solicitors
Your employer has a legal duty of care to prevent workplace bullying and harassment. Our employment law team can help provide support and advice if you’re being treated unfairly at work.
Legal advice for bullying & harassment at work
Bullying, harassment and other forms of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace are widespread problems which affect all genders, races and ages. Employers are obliged take appropriate action to create an open culture within the workplace, where staff feel comfortable and safe.
Under the Equality Act 2010, organisations within the UK are legally required not to discriminate against individuals on account of any of the protected characteristics covered by the Act; however, even outwith the terms of this act, there is a more general obligation to prevent bullying and harassment of any form in the workplace.
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Generally, unacceptable behaviour can be defined as behaviour that creates, or has the potential to create, risk to the business or the health and safety of employees.
It can include:
- Coercion and/or discrimination
- Aggressive/abusive behaviour
This list is not exhaustive and in some cases other types of behaviour deemed acceptable in one workplace may be considered unacceptable in another.
For behaviour to count at harassment, it must have either violated your dignity or created a hostile environment for you.
Harassment is when bullying or unwanted behaviour is about ‘protected characteristics’ under discrimination law: age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.
In the first instance you should seek to sort out the problem informally, however if that does not prove successful you should talk to your manager, HR department or a trades union representative.
Again, if the problem is not resolved, you can make a formal complaint using your employer’s grievance procedure. If the harassment continues, the next step is to take legal action at an employment tribunal.
Our team can advise you on the best course of action, depending on your circumstances.
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