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Bullying and Harassment at Work

Employment Solicitors in Birmingham & Manchester

Understandably, bullying and harassment at work comes in many forms. Generally speaking, bullying and harassment can be defined as behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, offended or humiliated.

What constitutes bullying and harssment at work?

Bullying and harassment at work is not always as obvious as name calling or aggressive behaviour. Below, we have listed some of the common ways that bullying and harassment can be identified:

  • Threats or abuse
  • Offensive emails, tweets or comments on social networking sites
  • Physical behaviour including physical gestures and facial expressions
  • Jokes, teasing and pranks
  • Spreading malicious rumours
  • Unfair treatment
  • Picking on someone
  • Regularly undermining a competent worker
  • Denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities

If you are still unsure about whether the treatment you are receiving at work constitutes bullying or harassment, our Employment Solicitors would be happy to offer you advice. Book your free initial consultation with the team today. Request a callback, call us on 0330 333 8797 or email us at

Bullying, Harassment & the Law

The perpetrators of bullying and harassment at work are not always necessarily of the same grade as the victims. Employees often receive mistreatment at work from managers, entire groups of employees and junior members of staff.

Whilst bullying at work is not illegal, harassment at work is. The Equality Act protects employees from being harassed due to the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Workplace harassment is complex and can lead to embarrassment, anxiety and depression. To limit the effect that the mistreatment you receive has on your wellbeing you should raise a grievance with your employer. If they fail to take reasonable steps to prevent the harassment from continuing, you are entitled to bring your claim to an employment tribunal.

Our Employment Law solicitors have vast experience in dealing with bullying at work, and workplace harassment too, and can advise and assist you. Our experts sympathetically support you with any internal processes at work, provide guidance in preparing your grievance and prepare you for what to expect at a grievance hearing. We offer practical advice in relation to the next steps and any potential tribunal proceedings too, ensuring that bullying at work and workplace harassment is rectified.

In certain circumstances, claims for Constructive Dismissal could be made by the victims of bullying and harassment at work. Speak to our Employment Solicitors for more information.

Next Steps

If you would like a no obligation, free initial consultation either in person or over the telephone to discuss bullying and harassment at work in more detail, then please call us on 0330 333 8797 or email us at

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