Bullying and Harassment at Work
Bullying and harassment are not welcome in the workplace, but sadly all too often people become victims of just this kind of behaviour.
If you are being bullied or harassed at work, the employment law solicitors at Davis Blank Furniss can help you deal with it. Where appropriate, we will provide legal support during an employment tribunal.
What is harassment?
Workplace harassment is defined as any unwanted conduct relating to a person’s age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy/maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’.
Harassment can take many forms, including:
- Unfair treatment
- Spreading rumours
- Ridiculing or making fun of someone
- Unwelcome attention – e.g. sexual advances
While harassment often occurs face-to-face, you should also seek our advice if you are being poorly treated by other means such as email, phone or letter. If you are unsure, our employment experts will be able to assess your case and advise you.
How we can help
In the first instance, your employer is responsible for your well-being. If you go to them with issues surrounding bullying or harassment, they have a duty to take action. Ideally, the issue will be solved informally, or through using your company’s grievance procedures.
If this fails and the bullying continues, our team can step in help you build a robust case against your employer and the individuals concerned.
At DBF Solicitors, we know how devastating this kind of treatment can be, with many victims suffering damage to their personal and professional lives as a result. We will work tirelessly to establish the facts of your case and ensure you are given the chance to get your life and career back on track.