Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine the recipient in some way. In a workplace, it often takes place when a more senior person is bullying someone who is in a more junior position. A claim for bullying would generally come under legislation for harassment.
Harassment generally means that someone is suffering because of unwelcome conduct on grounds such as age, race, gender, nationality or religion, which humiliates or demeans the victim. This can be via direct face to face contact or through correspondences. Such claims are usually linked to discriminatory grounds – such as sex or race.
If you are suffering from bullying or harassment, you may be able to bring a claim for breach of contract because of breach of an implied term in your contract of employment, and if you have been the victim of at least two incidents of bullying behaviour at work, you could also bring a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 against your employer for failing to prevent it. You will need to show that the behaviour caused you anxiety or distress. We regularly advise on these difficult issues and will always treat you with sensitivity. We have dealt with many complex cases.
We have acted for clients from Walsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke and from other parts of West Midlands.
Our employment lawyers can provide specialist legal advice in this area of law. To contact one of our dedicated employment lawyers, please telephone 01922 645 429 or complete our enquiry form.