Harassment and bullying at work are unwanted, unwarranted actions or behaviour in the workplace that lead to the recipient feeling intimidated or offended.
Harassment specifically refers to behaviour related to the ‘protected characteristics’ outlined in the Equality Act 2010 see Discrimination, while bullying refers more generally to unwarranted behaviour or misuse of power in the workplace.
Bullying and harassment can be face-to-face, they can also include behaviour that is less direct, such as undermining someone’s competence, excluding them, spreading rumours about them or picking on them by email, letter or by phone. You can also be bullied or harassed by customers or clients, as well as co-workers — and your employer still has to act.
If you are being bullied or harassed you are likely to be feeling anxious, stressed, insecure and angry about the situation. Our dedicated harassment team can act immediately to resolve the situation, through negotiation and discussion and, if it calls for it, legal recourse.
We can advise your employer in appropriate terms of their legal responsibilities to prevent harassment and bullying in their workplace. If that does not resolve the situation, and the harassment relates to one of the protected characteristics, we can take your claim to an employment tribunal.
For bullying that does not involve Equality Act characteristics, we can advise you on the non-employment tribunal options open to you, including the potential to take a negligence or breach of contract claim against your employer.
For more information, please view our harassment pages or contact our harassment hotline.
Please call our dedicated Defamation, Harassment and Privacy Hotline for confidential advice or information on any harassment-related matter.
020 7429 3906 — Lines open 9am–9pm — 7 days a week
Although we are based in the City of London we act for clients throughout England and Wales.
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