You should be able to feel comfortable in the workplace and harassment of any nature can have a detrimental affect on your enjoyment of your job. Depending on the severity of the harassment or bullying, you can also feel degraded and demoralised, which can in turn affect your performance. If the person or people involved in the harassment are in senior positions, you may also feel that you are trapped and cannot report the problem to anyone.
It is important to remember that you have rights as an employee and being bullied or harassed at work is not acceptable.
If you believe you are the victim of sexual or racial harassment or bullying, our employment law solicitors will be able to advise and assist you. To speak to an experienced and understanding employment law solicitor today, call 0125 460 6090 or email us .
Types of Bullying and Harassment
Harassment in the workplace can be take many forms. In the eyes of the law, harassment is defined as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual”.
Workplace bullying can be defined as offensive or insulting behaviour towards a colleague by an employee or group of employees.
Bullying and harassment can be related to any number of characteristics including age, sex, race, gender, sexuality, disability, or religious beliefs.
Common examples of workplace bullying and/or harassment include:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Deliberate exclusion
- Preventing an individual from progressing or achieving promotion
- Misuse of power or position
- Spreading of rumours (particularly relating to age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief)
Employers have a duty of care towards their employees and are responsible for preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace.
What Can You Do?
There are a number of ways in which you can try and address the situation yourself, including addressing the individual or group, either in person or in writing and asking them to stop. You should also keep a diary of the instances of harassment and make a formal complaint to a manager or human resources personnel.
It may be, however, than you would benefit from the advice of an experienced employment law solicitor. The employment lawyers at Farleys can advise you regarding your legal position and depending on the circumstances, may be able to assist you in taking legal action.
To speak to an employment law solicitor today, call 0125 460 6090or alternatively, you can email us .