Bullying and Harassment at Work
If you have been a victim of bullying and harassment at work call the Employment Law Solicitors at Connaught Law on 0203 909 8399 or contact us online.
If you’re bullied at work or your colleagues behave in an offensive or intimidating way towards you, it could be unlawful harassment under the Equality Act. Harassment is a form of discrimination under the Act.
Our Lawyers have vast experience of handling bullying and harassment at work claims, enabling them to empathise with people who have been bullied or harassed in the workplace. We ensure all our clients receive a prompt, responsive and sympathetic service.
Harassment can be a one-off incident – for example if a colleague makes a racist comment to you in front of other staff. It can also be a series of incidents or bullying which takes place over time. It can happen at work, but also outside work at work-related trips or social events.
Examples of harassment include:
- spreading malicious rumours
- unjustified criticism aimed at undermining you
- racist or homophobic comments or jokes
- unjustified threats about your job
- physical violence
- humiliating behaviour
- unwelcome sexual advances or comments.
If you’re harassed at work – for example, by a colleague or a manager – it can affect your health and well-being, as well as your work performance. Stress and anxiety can lead to sickness absence and you may even feel like resigning if the harassment doesn’t stop.
Is it unlawful harassment under the Equality Act?
In order to count as unlawful harassment under the Equality Act the harassment must be related to one of the following things:
- gender reassignment
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
Taking action about harassment at work
If the harassment doesn’t stop or your employer doesn’t take your complaint seriously, you should make a formal complaint or raise a grievance:
- date, time and location of the incidents
- what was said or done
- names of any witnesses
- if there have been incidents directed at other workers
- how the harassment made you feel, including any effects it had on your health and impact it had on your work.
If you have faced bullying and harassment at work, our employment law solicitors have years of experience in dealing unlawful harassment.
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