What is bullying at work?
Bullying at work is when someone tries to intimidate another worker, often in front of colleagues. It’s usually, though not always, done to someone in a less senior position.
It’s similar to harassment, which is where someone’s behaviour is offensive – for example, making sexual comments, or abusing someone’s race, religion or sexual orientation.
It’s not possible to make a legal claim directly about bullying, but complaints can be made under laws covering discrimination and harassment. If you’re forced to resign due to bullying you can make a constructive dismissal claim.
Examples of bullying behaviour
Bullying includes abuse, physical or verbal violence, humiliation and undermining someone’s confidence. You are probably being bullied if, for example, you’re:
- constantly picked on;
- humiliated in front of colleagues;
- regularly unfairly treated;
- physically or verbally abused;
- blamed for problems caused by others;
- always given too much to do, so that ...
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