Harassment at work

Bullying and harassment is behavior that makes someone feel intimidated or offended.
Bullying itself is not against the law, but harassment is.

Harassment at work experts

You don’t need to have all your evidence ready as you will be given time to gather your documents ready for the appeal hearing, which is likely to take place several months later.

When is considered harassment at work?

This is when the unwanted behaviour is related to one of the following:

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

While many people consider a certain amount of ‘banter’ at work to be reasonable, the fact is that it’s all too common for banter to cross the line between being ‘a bit of fun’ and turning into unpleasant bullying. Examples of bullying in the workplace can include:

  • Excessive criticism, particularly in front of others
  • Being unfairly excluded from team activities, meetings and emails
  • Constant teasing, verbal abuse or sexual innuendo
  • Threats with regard to your job security
  • Being humiliated or demeaned in front of others

Can I take legal action over harassment at work?

If your employer has failed to take action to prevent you being bullied or harassed in the workplace, you should speak to an experienced employment solicitor as soon as possible. That’s because employment tribunal cases require you to act within three months of the last act of abusive treatment.

Where you decide to proceed with an employment tribunal claim for bullying or harassment in the workplace, the first stage is to inform the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), who will offer early conciliation in an attempt to resolve the issue. Where this hasn’t been successful after another month, ACAS will give you a certificate to state that the mandatory period of conciliation has ended, and you can take your claim to an employment tribunal.

We have solicitors specializing in harassment who are here to help. We’re here to support and guide you throughout this process, and can also advise you on seeking damages in the County Court for damage to your mental or physical health, as well on seeking redress at an employment tribunal for constructive dismissal, should you feel unable to keep working in the same abusive environment any longer.

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