Bullying and harassment is a serious problem in the workplace and is deeply upsetting if you are suffering some form of harassment.
There is no specific right that prevents general bullying in the workplace and the rights that apply come from a number of different sources.
Both harassment does have legal definition and rights that apply if the treatment is linked to certain characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Harrassment and bullying can also come in a wide range of behaviour which will range from irritating and unpleasant to serious physical assaults
1. Make a record of the harassment you are suffering
It is very important to keep a record of things that happen to you where you feel you are being harassed or bullied. Keep a note of the date and time, where you were, what happened and anyone who might have seen what happened.
2. Is the harassment related to a characteristic that is protected under the Equality Act 2010?
Where the harassment is covered by the Equality Act 2010 there may be specific legal rights that protect you in the workplace.
3. Bullying or harassment may be a breach of your contract
Employers have an implied contractual duty to protect employees from threats to their health, safety or wellbeing in the workplace. You can use the employers contractual responsibility as improve their response. Serious harassment may also allow a claim for constructive dismissal.
4. Does the treatment arise from asserting a right?
If you have tried to enforce legal rights or made complaints about them you might be protected by 'anti-detriment' rules for the right that you have tried to claim.
5. Has the harassment caused you personal injury?
If the harassment involves assaults or has caused you to need medical help for depression, anxiety or other mental health problem that may amount to a personal injury.
6. Plan a way to resolve your problem
Now you have an idea about the legal rights you may have you need to plan a way to solve your problem.