BULLYING AT WORK – SOLICITORS CLAIMS
Workplace bullying solicitors
Bullying at work can often be a confusing area of the law. If you believe you have been the victim of bullying in the workplace, it is very important for you to seek the advice of an experienced ‘bullying at work’ solicitor. Email or call us today on our helpline, and our panel solicitors will work with you to assess the potential compensation available to you given the specifics of your case.
What is workplace bullying?
Bullying at work is often much harder to recognise than blatant harassment. Sexual and racial harassment, for example, are usually more overt and often physical in nature. Bullying, on the other hand, is much more subtle. These incidents, when considered on an individual basis, may seem trivial or minute. However, when they are viewed together as a series of events, they show a specific pattern of behaviour that can adversely impact a victim’s physical and mental health. This pattern of behaviour on the part of the victim’s colleagues and/or supervisor can then be classified as bullying.
Workplace bullying does not usually involve the physical attacks often seen in harassment cases, and is essentially more of a cumulative issue. Some examples of bullying at work include the unfair manipulating of schedules, demands that are excessive, unfair criticisms of an individual in front of others, unfavourably affecting opportunities for promotion or making negative comments or allegations against the individual.
Bullying at work & the law
Currently there is no piece of legislation which specifically covers workplace bullying. Instead, there are two statutes that courts rely on in these cases :-
- Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- Race Relations Act 1976
For individuals considering bringing a workplace bullying claim against an employer before the Employment Tribunal, these Acts may also be of interest :-
- Employment Rights Act 1996
- Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998
- Employment Relations Act 1999
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
- Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993
- European Working Time Directive
- Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- Malicious Communications Act (1988)
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Access to Medical Reports Act 1988
- Employment Act 2002
Free legal advice on bullying at work
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