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Bullying / Harassment in the Work Place

Bullying and harassment in the workplace can have a devastating impact on morale, self-confidence and mental health. If you are being bullied and harassed by someone you work with, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Our employment law solicitors can help you take action against this unacceptable behaviour.

Harassment is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of violating an employee’s dignity or creating an intimidating, degrading or hostile environment for that person. Protected characteristics could be age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Bullying is not defined by law, but is characterised by offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour which undermines or humiliates an employee. This can be through the abuse or misuse of power and can take many forms.

The law allows you to complain and take legal action against bullying or harassment. We will work with you to understand your objectives and advise on the best way forward to achieve the outcome you need. This might be through informal discussion with your employer or, if all else fails, more robust legal action to secure compensation, apologies and changes in working practice to prevent further incidents in future.

Examples of bullying and harassment where we can help include situations where an employee is suffering from:

  • Racist, sexist or homophobic behaviour
  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Constant criticism and victimisation
  • Disproportionate micromanagement and unmanageable work loads
  • Unjustified threats about job security
  • Intentional blocks to promotion
  • Exclusion and being ignored

In these cases and many others, our team understands the legal complexities involved and we have expertise in handling bullying and harassment claims across many different industry sectors. We appreciate how daunting it can be for an individual to come forward, when they might be deeply upset about their treatment or worried about their career prospects. At Hodge Jones & Allen, we go out of our way to ensure our clients feel supported and advised every step of the way. We know that every case is different and we pride ourselves on our caring, highly personalised approach.

Our workplace bullying/harassment in the workplace specialists are part of our London based employee law team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.