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.
What can be classed as harassment at work?
Harassment at work can include any of the following areas, which are protected characteristics under the Equality Act:
- Gender reassignment
- Religion or beliefs
- Sex or sexual orientation
Other characteristics such as pregnancy and maternity are protected elsewhere under the Equality Act.
What constitutes harassment at work?
Harassment can be an incident that occurs only once, or a series of incidents that take place over a period of time.
Proving harassment at work
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.
Talk to an employment law solicitor
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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