Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour include:
Spreading malicious rumours, unfair treatment, picking on someone, regularly undermining a competent worker, denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities.
Bullying and harassment can happen face-to-face, by letter, by email or over the phone.
Bullying itself isn’t against the law, but harassment is. This is when the unwanted behaviour is related to one of the following:
- gender (including gender reassignment)
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Q: What should I do if I am being bullied or harassed?
Employees should see if they can sort out the problem informally first. If they can’t, they should talk to manager or report the bullying to HR or to someone senior and raise a formal Grievance.
Q: Can I make a claim for compensation?