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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”.
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...
13 Jan 2020
Terms like “nerd” and “geek” may not seem as harmful as racial or homophobic slurs, but a senior academic last...
9 Dec 2019
An NHS physiotherapist is fighting a Home Office attempt to remove her from the UK after being dismissed from her job.
6 Dec 2019
Lloyd’s of London has urged its own staff and those of its members to behave correctly at this year’s Christmas...
3 Dec 2019
Pending a review announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, reforms to the IR35 rules are due to be extended to the...
2 Dec 2019
Consulting firm PwC has introduced new rules around when and where employees can drink alcohol in the office.
28 Nov 2019
Supreme Court hears final appeal in significant vicarious liability case with a verdict expected in February.
27 Nov 2019
There is ambiguity over whether claims of associative discrimination can succeed under the Equality Act 2010 but EU law offers some encouragement to...
22 Nov 2019
Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.
22 Nov 2019
Only 18 of 71 global hotel firms operating in the UK have met the minimum requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.