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Bullying and Harassment at Work
If you have been affected by what you think is bullying or harassment, seeking specialist legal advice is the next step you should take.
At JMW, our employment solicitors are dedicated to achieving justice for those suffering from unfair treatment in the workplace. What’s more, our legal experts are friendly and approachable, making the experience of taking legal action as hassle-free for our clients as possible.
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Bullying and harassment at work is an extremely serious issue, often has a discriminatory element and can have a hugely detrimental impact on the life of the victim. Although they are often thought to be the same thing, the definitions of the two terms are actually slightly different:
Bullying tends to be more subtle, but can also be physical. It defines behaviour that aims to be offensive and insulting and often includes abuses of power that have the intention of belittling or humiliating the victim.
Harassment, according to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), is generally unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of employees in the workplace and tends to be more blatant than bullying. It can be related to anything including age, sex, race, religion, nationality or personal characteristics.
Examples of bullying and harassment in the workplace are numerous, but include:
- Ridiculing or demeaning someone
- Unfair treatment
- Insulting words or behaviour
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Threatening dismissal without foundation
If you feel you have been bullied or harassed at work, we can help you launch legal action against your employer and the individual perpetrators, giving you the best possible chance of achieving a favourable outcome at an Employment Tribunal or in a constructive dismissal claim.
Our employment team has extensive knowledge of this area of law and can guide you through the necessary steps to protect your position and bring the bullying or harassment to an end once and for all. We know this can be a difficult time, which is why we promise to give you the support required to end this disturbing behaviour.