All employees have the right not to be subjected to words or actions which they deem offensive on the grounds of their sexual orientation, disability, race or ethnic origin, religion or age. Suffering from bullying or harassment at work is extremely stressful and can affect not only your work and career prospects, but also have an impact on your health and your personal life too.
Even where inappropriate conduct takes place outside the employer’s premises, it may still be regarded as harassment if it is connected to work, for example at an office party.
Definition of bullying
Offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power which is meant to undermine, humiliate or injure the person on the receiving end. Examples of bullying would include picking on someone or setting him or her up to fail or making threats or comments about someone’s job security without good reason or giving someone unrealistic performance targets.
Definition of harassment
Unwanted conduct related to sex, race or ethnic or national origins, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age or any other personal characteristic which has the purpose of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person; or is reasonably considered by that person to have the effect of violating his or her dignity or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for him or her, even if this effect was not intended by the person responsible for the conduct.
If you believe you have been the victim of bullying and/or harassment then we can help. Our dedicated employment solicitors have many years’ experience of representing clients in similar circumstances and can help you find a solution. No matter how complex your case, we will give you practical advice and help to ensure that your interests are protected.
Contact us today on, 0151 735 1000 and speak to a Liverpool employment law solicitor.
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