Bullying

If you have experienced victimisation, harassment or bullying in the workplace, our Employment Solicitors and Barristers can help with legal advice and representation.

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Employers should have an anti-bullying policy to prevent bullying in the workplace and a documented policy to follow if a complaint of bullying is made.

If you have experienced bullying in the workplace and you do not think your complaint was properly investigated or you have left your employment because of bullying, speak to our specialist Employment Solicitors and Barristers for information on the legal options available to you.

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Bullying

Bullying and harassment at work are two different concepts, although if you are a victim, it can be hard to distinguish between the two.

Examples of workplace bullying include:

  • Abuse of position or power. For example, you are forced to work additional hours or to carry out tasks that co-workers are not asked to undertake
  • Exclusion from activities in the workplace. For example, not being invited to work-related social events
  • Humiliation
  • Malicious rumours
  • Sexually inappropriate remarks
  • Threats about job security
  • Victimisation
Harassment

Harassment involves unwanted conduct which either:

  • Creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment
  • Violates the person’s dignity.

The behaviour complained of can be intentional or unintentional and still amount to harassment.

To amount to workplace harassment the unwanted conduct must be related to a ‘protected characteristic’ of the person under the Equality Act 2010. For the purposes of harassment, protected characteristics include:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity leave
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

To make a complaint or to bring a claim, the harassment and bullying does not have to be by senior management. The workplace harassment or bullying could be from a line manager or a work colleague.

If you have been bullied or harassed at work, Employment Solicitors recommend that you take legal advice as soon as possible so you understand your legal rights and remedies.

Workplace Bullying and Harassment Remedies

Although it is always difficult to speak up about bullying and harassment in any setting, it is important to do so. If you need support, our Employment Solicitors offer sympathetic legal advice on your remedies.

Our team can help you with advice on:

  • A formal complaint or grievance to your employer
  • Constructive dismissal claims following resignation because of bullying or harassment
  • Discrimination claims if you have a protected characteristic
  • Employment Tribunal representation
  • Unfair dismissal claims

Employment Tribunals

Many situations of workplace bullying or harassment can be resolved informally or formally using employer anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies and procedure.

If your employer fails to follow procedures or your employer will not reach a settlement, it may be necessary to seek redress from an Employment Tribunal. In any case of workplace bullying or harassment, it is best to take early legal advice from experienced Employment Solicitors as there are very short time limits on bringing Employment Tribunal proceedings.

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Wherever possible we will offer an initial fixed fee and then seek to agree costs with you, so you will always know what the likely costs might be from the start. For more complex or uncertain projects, we will provide you with an estimate of the likely range of fees involved and keep you updated throughout your matter.

Our expert team are waiting for your call, where we will discuss your matter and specific requirements and advise on the best way forward.

How to get in contact

Our Employment Solicitors and Barristers are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion on 01256 460830 or email [email protected] and we will arrange for one of the team to call or email you back.

Based in Basingstoke, we are instructed by clients across the country and abroad.

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