We are specialist Bullying at Work solicitors
Research suggests that bullying at work costs UK employers £2 billion a year in sick pay, staff turnover and loss of production. Line managers are often at fault. Bullying has been defined as invasive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour; an abuse or misuse of power intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.
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It has objective and subjective elements. These may include:
- Unwanted physical contact
- Jokes, offensive language, gossip, slander and libel
- Posters, obscene gestures
- Isolation, non-co-operation and exclusion from work or social activities
- Pressure to participate in political or religious groups
- Pestering, spying and stalking
- Failure to safeguard confidential information
- A culture which is offensive or oppressive to the victim
Workplace Bullying Law for Employers
You probably have a written policy to deal with bullying and harassment. It is important to act promptly and investigate impartially. We can recommend an outside investigator if required.
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Workplace Bullying Law for Employees
A bullied employee may have various legal remedies:
- A claim for unfair constructive dismissal, under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
- A claim for direct discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation where the bullying is on grounds of a protected characteristic (sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity, age or on grounds of having complained of unlawful discrimination.
- A claim for detriment on grounds of protected disclosure (‘whistleblowing’), where the worker has made a qualifying protected disclosure.
- A civil claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, if there have been at least two incidents of serious harassment.
- A civil claim for negligence, if the employer’s breach of the duty of care has caused mental or physical injury.
- A claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments, under the Equality Act 2010, if the complainant is disabled.
Helen Green was awarded £850,000 against Deutsche Bank for negligence, after a long period of sustained harassment: Helen Green v DB Group Services (UK) Ltd 2006 EWHC 1898 QB.
Bullying is serious. If there is a problem, we can help.
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