Everybody has the right to feel happy while they’re at work, so it can be tough to deal with belittling, intimidating or threatening behaviour from your co-workers.
It’s easy to pass off bullying as just ‘one of those things’, and either live with it or change jobs. But if you’ve suffered from physical or psychological abuse, then you have every right to make a compensation claim.
Not only can bullying affect your job and career progression, it can also have an impact on your happiness and wellbeing outside of work. In serious cases, workplace bullying can even cause conditions like depression or anxiety. Or, if the abuse was physical, then it may take you some time to recover from your injuries.
You can speak to a legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438. They’ll never pressure you into starting a compensation claim, so if you’re just looking for advice and answers to your questions, they can help you.
There are a lot of different types of workplace bullying – many of them are set out in the Equality Act 2010 which protects people from discrimination at work.
Bullying can be based on age, race, gender or sexuality, and can happen in person, over the phone, or by email or text. If you’ve been repeatedly made to feel belittled or threatened at work, then it’s likely you’ve experienced some form of workplace bullying.
We’ve listed some common examples of bullying at work below:
In any case, your employer should put a stop to bullying if you’ve told them about it.
It can be difficult to know what to do if you’ve been bullied or harassed at work – it can sometimes seem like the easiest option is to just try to ignore it.
But there are actions you can take to put a stop to harassment, and to get the support you need to deal with the effect it’s had on your life.
Firstly, it’s important to report any bullying to your manager or employer. They should then deal with the problem and those involved to avoid it from happening again. However, if they fail to do so then you may need to make a formal complaint.
Unfortunately, talking to senior members of staff and making a complaint doesn’t always work. If you’re still being treated unfairly, then it’s best to consider making a compensation claim.
Not only can making a compensation claim get you the money and support you need, it can also help to make sure your employer takes action to avoid your colleagues experiencing the same problem.
To make it easier when it comes to starting your claim, it’s useful to make a note of some of the details of the bullying. For example, if it’s possible for you to do so, make a note of any witnesses who have seen the harassment, record the dates, times and locations of any negative behaviour, and keep track of the effect it’s had on you.
Many people are put off making a claim because they think it’ll be more hassle than it’s worth. But specialist solicitors aim to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible, so you won’t have to worry about dealing with legal jargon or complicated paperwork.
After speaking to a legal adviser on 0800 234 6438, they’ll be able to let you know whether they think you can make a successful case and will be happy to pass you on to the right specialist solicitor for your claim.
Your solicitor will take all the impacts of the bullying into consideration when working out the amount of compensation you should receive. This means your settlement will include all the following and more:
If you’re still feeling unsure, you can find out more about what’s involved in the claims process here.
We know that making a claim can feel daunting. We're here to help with that. When you submit your details, you'll be in safe hands. Our partner is National Accident Helpline – the UK's leading personal injury service. Their friendly legal services advisers will call you to talk about your claim and give you free, no-obligation advice. National Accident Helpline may pay us a marketing fee if you decide to proceed with your case.
If you win your case, your solicitor's success fee will be taken from the compensation you are awarded - up to a maximum of 25%. Your solicitor will discuss any fees before starting your case.