The definition of bullying and harassment is any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. It may not be obvious or apparent to others, and may happen in the workplace under your employer’s nose without their knowledge.
Bullying or harassment can be between two employees, or it may involve groups of people. It could be blatant or subtle. It may be persistent or an isolated incident. It can also occur in written communications, such as emails, or by phone.
Examples of bullying are
- spreading malicious rumours, or insulting someone
- excluding someone
- unfair treatment
- deliberately undermining someome by constant criticism
Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. Harassment is unwanted conduct which is related to somone’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
If you feel that you are being bullied or harassed at work, you should raise the matter with your employer. Your employer should have a grievance procedure it may also have a separate bullying and harassment policy.
Contact us for further information or if you feel you are being bullied at work.