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Bullying and harassment
In a workplace context, “harassment” is unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 (other than marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) that has the purpose of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. Harassment in the workplace can also occur where a person reasonably considers conduct to have that effect, even if the effect is unintended.
“Bullying” is not defined in UK employment law. Acas defines workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person being bullied”. The Health and Safety Executive stresses that bullying is a pattern of behaviour rather than isolated instances, and states that it “involves negative behaviour being targeted at an individual, or individuals, repeatedly and persistently over time”.
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19 May 2020
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29 Apr 2020
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20 Apr 2020
Former Home Office civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam claims he was constructively dismissed from his role after accusing Patel of bullying.
15 Apr 2020
An engineer has been awarded £175,000 after taking his employer to the...
2 Apr 2020
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12 Mar 2020
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5 Mar 2020
The way Save the Children UK handled harassment allegations made against senior employees had a “corrosive impact” on its internal...
2 Mar 2020
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25 Feb 2020
More UK aid agencies are being encouraged to join a data-sharing scheme which helps stop perpetrators of sexual abuse from...
25 Feb 2020
Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of drawing up plans to oust senior civil servants, which unions have described as...
12 Feb 2020
Personnel Today is launching a new email newsletter for 2020, focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
11 Feb 2020
An independent panel for examining claims of bullying and sexual harassment by members of Parliament is to be created, alongside...