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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”.
13 Oct 2020
Parliamentary staff are being discouraged from pursuing complaints and have been given incorrect advice by the grievance system introduced to...
2 Oct 2020
With fewer people in the office and the increased likelihood of lone working and online abuse, there is a heightened risk of sexual harassment.
17 Sep 2020
Protections under the Equality Act for those going through gender reassignment extends to those who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary,...
3 Sep 2020
The GMB union, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, has been branded ‘institutionally sexist’ by a barrister leading an...
30 Jul 2020
A worker who claimed she was forced out of her role at HSBC after having an affair with a superior...
16 Jun 2020
A top lawyer has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 for professional misconduct after he kissed a junior solicitor in...
9 Jun 2020
Businesses break with the past to express support for Black Lives Matter as CEOs and founders tell of their revulsion at recent killings in the US.
27 May 2020
A charity worker who blew the whistle on colleagues for using foul language and mocking someone with a physical disability...
19 May 2020
A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...
29 Apr 2020
Home secretary Priti Patel is likely to be cleared of accusations she bullied senior civil servants in three government departments,...
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
Barclays Bank is not liable for the numerous alleged sexual assaults committed by a self-employed doctor who had been contracted...
12 Mar 2020
There are a few avenues available to employees wishing to seek legal redress after being bullied in the workplace, but...