Harassment lawyers

 

Harassment can occur in a variety of settings, and generally refers to unwanted conduct that is demeaning or otherwise unacceptable to the recipient.

Harassment lawyers can not only advise your business on responding to harassment claims, but also on ensuring that your policies and procedures are appropriately set up to prevent harassment claims from occurring and developing into serious claims.

If you are being harassed, or you are facing harassment claims from an employee, call us and we will recommend a specialist to help resolve the issue for you.

The difference between bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment may occur between individuals, or may involve groups of people. It may be an isolated, one-off event, or it may be persistent behaviour or a cumulative effect.

Bullying and harassment may be obvious, but more often it is subtle. Even the person affected may be unsure whether the behaviour constitutes bullying or harassment, as it can be difficult to judge objectively in some circumstances.

Harassment solicitors with experience with bullying and harassment claims can provide advice as to whether the conduct amounts to bullying, harassment or discrimination.

It is often used interchangeably with bullying, but generally harassment encompasses conduct related to a person’s:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Nationality
  • Any other personal characteristic of that person

Bullying refers to conduct which tends to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure a person, and is:

  • Offensive
  • Intimidating
  • Malicious
  • Insulting

Harassment at work

Employment is the common setting with which people generally associate harassment. It may occur between colleagues or between an employer and his or her superior. Harassment in the workplace could constitute unlawful discrimination in certain circumstances, or possibly a breach of contract.

A harassment policy should be in place prior to the development of any harassment claims, not as a reaction to claims. All staff should be informed of and trained on the policy, including incoming staff as a part of induction programs. This helps to ingrain a culture of non-harassment. Ideally, bullying and harassment policies should be drawn up in consultation with staff.

Bullying and harassment policies should include:

  • A statement of the company’s non-tolerance of bullying and harassment
  • An explanation of what the terms bullying, harassment and discrimination mean, and which laws apply
  • Explanation of the consequences of bullying and harassing behaviour
  • Details of the procedures to be followed in the case of an allegation of bullying or harassment, including persons to report to (with alternatives)
  • Whether reporting should be done verbally or in writing, and timeframes for dealing with allegations

They should also include an explanation of how the policy and procedures tie in with other disciplinary and grievance procedures, an assurance that claims will receive thorough, fair and confidential investigation, and be sources of guidance and support.

As with all forms of harassment, the conduct could also amount to a criminal offence. If you have experienced harassment in the workplace you should speak to a harassment lawyer as to the most appropriate course of action to take.

Other forms of harassment

Harassment can also occur between neighbours. It is possible in this situation that you may be able to consider a civil injunction. An injunction can set out activities or behaviours which the person is not allowed to participate in, for example:

  • Approaching you
  • Intimidating you
  • Harassing you or members of your household

Harassment can occur in numerous other settings. If you think that you have been harassed it is always a good idea to speak to a harassment lawyer and get their advice as to whether there is something you can or should do about it. Contact Law can help you in this regard.

Do you need a harassment lawyer to help you stop an individual or group from harassing you? Contact Law works with a number of specialist solicitors who can achieve the result you need, depending on the type of case you are experiencing. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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