Bullying and Harassment - Don't tolarate it

Harassment is a criminal offence under a number of provisions including the Public Order Act 1984 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

It covers use of threatening abusive or insulting language or behaviour and putting someone in fear of violence. Pursuing a course of conduct that someone knows or ought to know is harassment of another person is a criminal offence.

Harassment, bullying or constantly tormenting someone who works in the same business may well amount to a criminal offence. It is also conduct that could infringe the laws that make discrimination unlawful where the victim is targeted because of their sex, race or disability or sexual orientation or religious beliefs. An employer can be held vicariously liable if they fail to implement polices to prevent discrimination or harassment or bullying.

Compensation for discrimination claims can include damages for injury to feelings and awards can be very substantial.

Several members have used Bullying UK which is an excellent resource for parents whose children are experiencing the effects of bullying.

Further information on bullying at workcan be found in 'USEFUL LINKS'on the right of this page under the title: ACAS advice leaflet - Bullying and harassment at work: guidance for employees







Can you imagine if anxiety about going into work literally made you sick with fear? For the one in four who suffer from workplace bullying, this is a daily reality that can cause illness and depression.

If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment in any form, do not feel that it is your fault or that you have to tolerate it.

Contact your Regional Organiser or Head Office

Record, record and record

If you feel that you are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against keep a diary. This will give a vital record of the nature of the bullying and when it occurred. It will be important when the bully is confronted. Many of the incidents may appear trivial in isolation so it is important to establish a pattern over a period of time.


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