Workplace harassment Solicitors
Many people are bullied, harassed and humiliated in the workplace. If this is happening to you, speak to us today. We can help stop this unfair treatment.
What should you do if you are being bullied or harassed?
Speak with your manager, unless they are involved in bullying you. In this case, you may need to speak to their superior or Human Resources. Once you have made a complaint about harassment or bullying, your employer is obliged to investigate your complaint and make sure that where bullying or harassment is taking place, they take every reasonable step to make it stop.
If your employer has failed to take action to prevent you from being bullied or harassed in the workplace, give us a call. We have expert solicitors specialising in harassment here to help.
The next stage is Early Conciliation with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), who will offer early conciliation in an attempt to resolve the issue. If not, ACAS will give you a certificate and you can take your claim to an employment tribunal.
If your employer has failed to take action to prevent you being bullied or harassed in the workplace, give us a call. We have solicitors specialising in workplace harassment here to help.
What Constitutes Bullying in the Workplace?
Playful ribbing is part of life, but there are instances when such behaviour crosses the line from being playful to being insulting, rude and even intimidating. Examples of such out-of-line behaviour include:
- Repeated criticism in front of other workers
- Thinly veiled or overt threats regarding job security
- Off colour remarks about appearance or behaviour
- Excessive teasing or verbal abuse
- Sexually explicit or suggestive emails or messages
- Physical threats
The Equality Act of 2010 covers many types of bullying and harassment in the workplace including harassment and bullying related to:
- A person’s age
- A person’s race or ethnicity
- A person’s disability
- A person’s religious beliefs
- Their sexual orientation
- And more…
Hateful or harmful remarks, or remarks intended to intimidate, do not have to be made to a person’s face to constitute harassment or bullying. If they are made within their sight or earshot they may still qualify.
How You Should Respond if Bullied or Harassed
The preferred method for dealing with workplace harassment is for the aggrieved to speak to the person or persons responsible and attempt to resolve the situation. It is often wise to ask another person to witness the effort at dialogue and reconciliation so that it can later be referenced should things deteriorate.
However, we are well aware that sometimes this is not practical or realistic. People who have been bullied and harassed are often hesitant to confront their tormentors, and understandably so. In which case, they should consider filing a complaint with their supervisor or Human Resources.
Once an official complaint has been filed the employer is legally compelled to investigate. If the complaint is determined to be valid the employer is then required to take reasonable steps to resolve the situation. If they are unable to do so your next step should be to call Frederick Solicitors.
We Can Help
If other potential remedies fall short the best thing to do is contact Frederick Solicitors. We will advise you of your rights in the case and describe the various options at your disposal, including filing a request for an Employment Tribunal and possible direct action against your employer for failing to provide a safe and secure work environment.
There is no reason anyone should have to endure workplace bullying or harassment. If your employer has not fulfilled their responsibility to provide a safe workplace, get in touch with Frederick Solicitors and start down the road to resolution.