What can solicitors do about bullying?
Bullying in the workplace is a traumatic experience and can take a number of forms. It can include insults or ridicule by colleagues, sexual harassment, and unfair treatment by managers. ‘Bullying’ is not itself unlawful; however there are certain circumstances where it can cross into legal territory. In these situations, with the help of a solicitor, the bullying can be stopped. It may also be possible to obtain compensation from your employer, for example for damage to your psychological health, or financial loss through unemployment.
Bullying in the workplace is unlawful if you are targeted because of certain characteristics like your gender, sexuality, race, age, or religion.
If you're being bullied at work and would like to talk to a solicitor, we can put you in touch with an employment expert. Call us on 0800 1777 162.
Your employer has a legal duty to protect you against this kind of bullying. Sometimes it can be hard to prove that the bullying against you was due to discrimination. An employment solicitor will give you an honest assessment of whether your claim is likely to succeed based on their experience.
If you cannot make a claim for unlawful harassment you might have other legal recourses. For example, where your employer fails to follow a fair process when considering a complaint you make about bullying, where you feel you have to resign because of the bullying, or where your employment contract is breached.
Employment law is a technical area and a specialist solicitor will examine the legalities surrounding your bullying experience and advise on potential avenues for redress.
For victims of workplace bullying, talking about this can be upsetting or uncomfortable. An experienced employment solicitor will advise you sensitively and confidentially. Contact Law can refer you to recommended solicitors with specialist knowledge in this area.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on bullying, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
Last Updated on 14/12/2012