Being bullied at work

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If you’re being bullied

Your office should be a safe place to work. You shouldn’t have to feel frightened by a colleague who’s taking their temper out on you. And you shouldn’t have to worry about being threatened and humiliated by rude jokes, offensive gestures or snide comments. Being bullied can leave you upset, anxious, and stressed. This can make you feel worried about coming into work. You might even have to take sick leave or feel you have no other choice but to quit your job. 

Your employer must take reasonable care of your health and safety

If your complaints about bullying get ignored, or if your colleagues see bullying but don’t report it, then your employer is letting you down. You may want to raise your concerns informally with your manager to start with. If they don’t listen, or if they’re the bully, you can submit a grievance instead. Your employer will have to investigate your concerns and invite you to a meeting. If the outcome isn't satisfactory, you should be given the opportunity to appeal. 

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Our experts will listen to what’s happened and advise on whether you have a potential claim. We’ll assess whether the bullying is harassment and what this means for you. Because the deadline to issue a claim is short, it’s essential you take the right action at the right time. We can help you prepare your grievance and strengthen your negotiating position. And if you decide to make a claim, we’ll help you navigate the process. We’ll:

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