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Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, or an abuse of power or authority.  Bullying behaviour can include:

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  • constant and unjustified criticism of you or your work;
  • being excluded from meetings or social events; and
  • being told off in front of others or being criticised in emails that are copied to other people.

If you think you are being bullied at work you should take expert advice as soon as possible as claims can be difficult. There is no single law that protects an employee from bullying, however:

  • If you are being picked on because of a reason connected to your age, sex race, disability sexual orientation etc. then you may be able to bring a discrimination claim;
  • You may be able to claim constructive unfair dismissal claim or make an unfair dismissal claim if you resign or are dismissed;
  • If you suffer an illness as a consequence of your employer’s conduct you may have a personal injury claim; and
  • There are possible claims under the Prevention of Harassment Act 1997 & the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974.

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