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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”.
5 Mar 2019
Most employers wanting to part company with an employee will be aware of the most common claims that the individual...
4 Mar 2019
Fashion retailer Ted Baker has said it is determined to learn lessons and ensure that its staff feel respected and...
4 Mar 2019
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses that attempt to conceal harassment and discrimination could be made unlawful under proposals announced by government.
26 Feb 2019
Workers in Westminster are left “woefully unprotected” if they are sexually harassed in Parliament, due to glaring loopholes in equality...
25 Feb 2019
Hundreds of bullying and sexual harassment allegations have been made against NHS staff over the past five years, further highlighting...
20 Feb 2019
Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...
15 Feb 2019
A prison officer who was subject to verbal and physical abuse over his sexual orientation was unfairly dismissed, an employment...
15 Feb 2019
A claim of sexual harassment currently being heard at employment tribunal could end up leading to significant changes of behaviour and culture among City firms
11 Feb 2019
Sir Philip Green allegations prompt minister for women and equalities to look into limiting non-disclosure agreements
17 Jan 2019
The charity Oxfam failed to tackle an environment that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked, according to an interim independent review.
8 Jan 2019
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has won his legal challenge against the way the Scottish government handled an investigation...
20 Dec 2018
Only two-thirds of UK employers have taken action to prevent sexual harassment – a proportion that is significantly below the...
18 Dec 2018
The government is considering whether to introduce a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work as...
17 Dec 2018
Money worries, relationship break up and bullying are the personal issues of most concern to employers when it comes to...