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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”.
15 Feb 2021
Two university leaders are under formal investigation by the Office for Students after accusations of bullying staff.
Alice Gast, president...
11 Feb 2021
More than four in 10 LGB+ workers have experienced a work-based conflict in the last year, rising to 55% for trans workers.
5 Feb 2021
Paul Scully says HR, managers and colleagues must do more to help domestic abuse survivors, but it will be a learning curve.
4 Feb 2021
An employment tribunal finds trust was breached after a manager played a practical joke on an employee who had just returned from sick leave.
4 Feb 2021
Many proposed employment law changes that the government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as...
23 Jan 2021
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19 Jan 2021
Issues with pay, dangerous working conditions and sexual harassment are ‘endemic’ in the cleaning sector, and organisations – especially client...
14 Jan 2021
Business minister Paul Scully says few firms are aware of the signs of domestic abuse, and even fewer have a clear policy to support those affected by it.
8 Jan 2021
A former manager at Royal Mail has won a £230,000 pay-out after his complaints about bullying and discrimination were not...
3 Dec 2020
An employee of a Lloyd’s of London underwriter who was bullied at work has won his case for constructive unfair...
30 Nov 2020
A female security guard has won a £2,000 payout for sexual harassment after being repeatedly addressed as Mr – including in court papers.
27 Nov 2020
With soaring rates of calls to domestic abuse helplines throughout the Covid pandemic and coverage of the Johnny Depp vs...
20 Nov 2020
The Prime Minister has said he has ‘full confidence’ in his home secretary Priti Patel, despite an inquiry finding she...
12 Nov 2020
To create a true ‘speak up’ culture, organisations need to stop trying to fix individuals’ behaviours and focus on how...