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Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and Harassment, don’t tolerate it

Can you imagine if anxiety about going into work literally made you sick with fear? For the one in four who suffer from workplace bullying or harassment, this is a daily reality that can cause illness and depression.

Harassment usually centres around unwanted, offensive and intrusive behaviour with a sexual, racial or physical component. Harassment is a criminal offence under a number of provisions including the Public Order Act 1984 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. It covers use of threatening abusive or insulting language or behaviour and putting someone in fear of violence. Pursuing a course of conduct that someone knows or ought to know is harassment of another person is a criminal offence.

Harassment, bullying or constantly tormenting someone who works in the same business may well amount to a criminal offence. It is also conduct that could infringe the laws that make discrimination unlawful where the victim is targeted because of their sex, race or disability or sexual orientation or religious beliefs. An employer can be held vicariously liable if they fail to implement polices to prevent discrimination or harassment or bullying.

If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment in any form, do not feel that it is your fault or that you have to tolerate it. Speak to someone immediately or call the union Head Office. Do not suffer in silence, you are not alone

Record, record and record...If you feel that you are being bullied, harassed or
discriminated against keep a diary. This will give a vital record of the nature of the bullying and when it occurred. It will be important when the bully is confronted. Many of the incidents may appear trivial in isolation so it is important to establish a pattern over a period of time.

Bullying is persistent unwelcome behaviour, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, also exclusion, isolation, being singled out and treated differently, being shouted at, humiliated, excessive monitoring, having verbal and written warnings imposed, and much more. In the workplace, bullying usually focuses on distorted or fabricated allegations of under performance.