The law provides protection for employees who are harassed at work. A specialist employment solicitor can give you advice about what action you can take against harassment at work, including what counts as harassment and what does not.
Harassment at work can include any of the following areas, which are protected characteristics under the Equality Act:
Other characteristics such as pregnancy and maternity are protected elsewhere under the Equality Act.
Harassment can be an incident that occurs only once, or a series of incidents that take place over a period of time.
Whether a perpetrator of harassment intends to cause offence or not is irrelevant. What matters in harassment cases is whether the individual can establish that the effect of what a perpetrator has said or done has caused them distress or created a hostile environment.
Harassment is typically committed when a perpetrator says or does something that is directed at an individual. However, this is not always the case, as an individual can be distanced from, yet still affected by the general environment that harassing behaviour creates. For example, when an individual works in an open plan office and overhears derogatory comments about homosexuality which he or she finds offensive, this can often still be classed as harassment.
If you think you have experienced harassment at work, you may be entitled to make a claim. Our expert employment team can help you through any claim, from the first telephone call to representing you at a tribunal.
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