Harassment at work for Employees

Our specialist Employment team can assist you on a variety of matters relating to harassment at work for employees.

What is bullying?

Bullying is a type of unwanted behaviour which negatively impacts the victim leaving them feeling uncomfortable and often humiliated, offended or intimidated.

Bullying can take many forms, it can occur as a pattern of behaviour or as an isolated incident. It also can come from a variety of people, including people in positions of leadership. Similarly, bullying can occur in person, in writing  or online communication.

Online bullying is often referred to as ‘cyber-bullying,’ it is becoming increasingly prominent due to the development of modern technology and it can be particularly damaging as it has no time restraints and people have access to their phones, messages and the internet constantly.

What is harassment?

Harassment is a type of bullying which relates to a protected characteristic.

The Equality Act 2010 (s26) outlines three types of unwanted conduct which can constitute harassment:

  1. Related to a relevant protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation)
  2. Be of a sexual nature
  3. Be of a sexual nature or relate to gender reassignment or sex and result in less favourable treatment due to rejection or submission to the conduct

The harassment must also violate the targeted individual’s dignity or be responsible for creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Like bullying, harassment can also take many different forms and occur as a pattern of behaviour or as one off incident.

The law

Examples of bullying and harassment

Actions that constitute bullying and harassment could include:

What to do if you are a victim of bullying/ harassment?

It is important to note that you don’t have to be the victim of the bullying or harassment yourself to report it.

If you are a victim (or think you may be a victim) of bullying or harassment and would like legal support in dealing with the matter please contact our employment team who will be able to assist you in harassment at work for employees: [email protected] or 01635 508080.

We can also suggest the following websites and organisations for additional support:

About the National Bullying Helpline

Bullying at work | Bullying UK

Our Employment Law Team

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