Bullying and Harassment at Work can be a serious thing. Not just from a legal standpoint but from an emotional and personal standpoint too. In these circumstances getting in touch with someone albeit a professional can be a hard first step. Here at Aeris Employment Law in Solihull, Birmingham we pride ourselves on providing that great and confidential first contact.
What is Bullying or Harassment
Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour can include spreading malicious rumours, unfair treatment, picking on someone, regularly undermining a competent worker, denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities.
This can be done face to face, through email, letter or phone. Bullying in itself is not unlawful but Harassment is and if you feel you are being subjected to this in any shape or form then we are here to help.
We offer an initial consultation on your issue and to advise you if you have a case and if we can help. We offer this as a confidential service and you should not feel worried or apprehensive about coming to talk to us, as even if you do have a case it is still up to you whether you take it further.
Bullying and Harassment at work can take a number of forms both direct and indirect, including the following:
- Inappropriate touching or comments of a sexual nature.
- Being sworn at repeatedly;
- Being publicly humiliated or ridiculed;
- Being treated less favourably;
- Being ignored;
- Being placed on unwarranted disciplinary or being subjected to conduct designed to force an employee to resign;
- Being subjected to conduct designed to cause alarm or distress
- Having personal property deliberately damaged;
- Being subjected to unrealistic deadlines or being ‘set up to fail’
This is not an extensive list and at Aeris Employment Law we understand that bullying and harassment at work can take many other forms.
What employees should do if they’re bullied or harassed
You should in the first instance get in contact with a professional. We are here to help you and advise you on the best course of action. Never feel scared or apprehensive as everything you tell us will be in the strictest confidence.
Our team of employment law experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling bullying and harassment cases and will be able to give you all the advice you need, whatever stage your complaint is at. If you would like more information or just want a confidential, no obligations chat about your options, contact our highly experienced employment law solicitor, Karin Henson today.