It can be a difficult to define what classes as harassment as certain workplaces may have relaxed rules on what is classed as “banter”, and playful jokes may easily become bullying. Examples of bullying in the workplace could be:
- Unfair exclusion from activities, meetings, and emails.
- Sexual innuendo, constant teasing, or verbal abuse.
- Threats regarding your job security.
- Team members humiliating you in front of others.
- Excessive or unnecessary criticism; especially in front of others.
What are my rights against harassment at work?
The legal definition of harassment under the Equality Act 2010 is: “Unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual”.
This act protects against discrimination against:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage / Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy / Maternity
- Religion / Belief
If you feel like you have been a victim of discrimination contact MJW Law today on 0333 456 6611.
Can I take legal action over harassment?
The short answer to this is yes. If your employer is unaware of this harassment, we would recommend raising it with them or the HR department initially. However, if the harassment has been raised and sufficient action has not been taken, we would recommend contacting our specialists to advise you on the next steps.