Bullying and Harassment

by Andrew Wood

Introduction

Harassment and bullying behaviour in the workplace is unpleasant and offensive. It can affect an individual’s professional performance, psychological welfare and health, and can be so destructive that the effects continue after work, devastating personal lives as well as careers. Harassment and bullying often result in low morale, increased sickness absence or resignations.

If a complaint is made to an Employment Tribunal or civil proceedings are taken to court, an organisation may also suffer expensive litigation, adverse publicity and a loss of customers. It is in everyone’s best interests to have a workplace free of harassment and bullying.

This topic sets out to answer the common questions, concerns and legal implications of bullying and harassment in the workplace. It attempts to look at the issue from every point of view and provide you with useful advice, whether you represent the organisation or are yourself either the victim of harassment or the accused.