Harassment or bullying at work
Experiencing bullying at work is extremely demoralising and dealing with it can be a challenge. If your employer is not taking your complaints of bullying seriously, or if you have suffered bullying or harassment at the hands of your employer and this has not been satisfactorily addressed in house, the inevitable next step may be to take legal action.
There are many types of behaviour that are classed as bullying. As a general rule, bullying occurs when you are suffering directly as a result of the behaviour of others, including being ignored, victimised, or teased. If the behaviour of others is creating a work environment that is in any way intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive, you could be suffering from workplace bullying or harassment. It may also be that for some reason, there is a personal element to the bullying; that you feel that it is in some way you as an individual that is causing the problem. Even if it might feel that in some way you are at fault, you can never be to blame for the behaviours of others towards you.
The first step to take is to raise your concerns or the issues that you are having with your management or the HR department, or, if this is not possible, another senior figure. If this is something you have tried but you were not taken seriously, or if you are not satisfied with the outcome of any investigations made and you believe that you are still suffering from bullying or harassment, it may be time to seek legal advice.
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