Harassment in the workplace is unfortunately a common occurrence across offices in the UK, with an estimated 37% of employees admitting to feeling bullied during their employment. Harassment at work relates to the unlawful act of discriminating against a person due to characteristics such as their race, sexuality, age, religion and disability. It became unlawful in the UK under the Equality Act 2010, the Prevention of Harassment 1997 covers other forms of harassment such as being isolated, bullied and ignored within workplace.
Under the Equality Act 2010, harassment is defined as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.” If within your workplace you are subject to harassment you could be entitled to compensation.
Examples of harassment and bullying within the workplace:
- Victimisation and isolation
- Unfair treatment; could include not listening to your opinions and suggestions in group meetings or being excluded from company activities.
- A senior member of staff misusing their position and power
- Sexual advances; ranging from touching, asking for sexual favours, showing explicit sexual content to you and sexual references which make you feel uncomfortable.
- Preventing someone’s progression within the company – refusing training or removing responsibilities for no reason.
- Ridiculing and demeaning comments made towards you
- Spreading of malicious rumours
- Being excluded from work activities and feeling isolated within your employment.
- Threatening behaviour whether is it verbally or physically
- Intrusion in your personal life
Harassment in work can be inflicted by a senior member of staff, colleague or a group of colleagues. It doesn’t matter whether they justify their actions claiming “it’s only light hearted fun”, you have the right lawfully to be feel content and untroubled at work.
It does not matter whether the bullying occurred face to face, over the phone or via emails and letters. Often people subject to harassment become unmotivated, stressed, anxious and frustrated towards their job which regularly affects work performance, increases absences and potentially causes employees to resign (constructive dismissal).
If you have been subject within the workplace to harassment and bullying you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact a solicitor as quickly as possible following harassment, and receive free advice on how to move forward with a claim on a no win, no fee basis.
At Levi Solicitors we are employment specialists in harassment and bullying at work claims with our extensive knowledge we fight so you receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled too.