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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”.
12 Mar 2020
There are a few avenues available to employees wishing to seek legal redress after being bullied in the workplace, but...
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
Putting up with toxic employees risks damage in the form of churn and lost productivity, no matter how 'brilliant' they are.
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...
10 Feb 2020
Non-disclosure agreements must not be used to stop someone from reporting discrimination or sexual harassment or from blowing the whistle...
21 Jan 2020
Almost a quarter of employees believe that – despite the rise of movements such as #MeToo – bullying and harassment...
20 Jan 2020
Sexual misconduct complaints and cases rise sharply as #MeToo wields influence.
17 Jan 2020
Minister for women Victoria Atkins (pictured) launches bid to gauge scale and nature of workplace sexual harassment.
16 Jan 2020
Some of England’s fire and rescue services have a 'toxic, bullying culture' and a lack of diversity, inspectors have found.
15 Jan 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued new guidance on dealing with sexual harassment at work.
In a letter...
14 Jan 2020
An ex-Highways England driver has been awarded almost £74,000 in compensation by an employment tribunal after she was harassed by...