Being bullied or harassed at work can be a very stressful experience and can have far reaching consequences for you. You may become worried about going to work or could become sick. If you are absent from work due to sickness caused by bullying or harassment this could impact on your work and career prospects. Bullying and harassment can come in many different forms and can often be very subtle. It can include:
• being undermined in team meetings;
• being excluded from work-related social activities;
• suffering unjustified or unfair criticism of your performance;
• or being given too much work or an unreasonable set of deadlines by your manager.
Harassment is a form of bullying that is often related to a particular ‘protected characteristic’ under the Equality Act such as gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. In all cases, bullying and harassment should not be tolerated by an employee and, if raised as a formal grievance, should be investigated by the employer. Bullying and harassment could also amount to a breach of the employer’s duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act, which requires every employer to provide their employees with a safe working environment.
How can we help you?
We have extensive experience of handling claims involving bullying and harassment and can provide you with comprehensive advice on your options including whether you have an employment tribunal claim.
We will always offer you a FREE, no-obligation telephone consultation followed by a reduced fixed fee meeting to give you comprehensive advice and support on your employment issues.
We can advise you either by telephone or at a face-to-face meeting at our offices. We also offer out of hours and weekend appointments to help you to obtain early advice and support.