Bullying at work is when someone tries to intimidate another worker, often in front of colleagues.

It is usually, though not always, done to someone in a less senior position. It is similar to harassment, which is where someone's behaviour is offensive. For example, making sexual comments, or abusing someone's race, religion or sexual orientation. If you are forced to resign due to bullying you may be able to make a constructive dismissal claim.

Examples of bullying behaviour:

Bullying includes abuse, physical or verbal violence, humiliation and undermining someone's confidence. You are probably being bullied if, for example, you are:

  • constantly picked on
  • humiliated in front of colleagues
  • regularly unfairly treated
  • physically or verbally abused
  • blamed for problems caused by others
  • given too much to do, so that you regularly fail in your work
  • threatened with dismissal
  • unfairly passed over for promotion or denied training opportunities

Bullying can be face-to-face, in writing, over the phone or by fax or email.
Being bullied is unacceptable. We are more than happy to offer suggestions as how to handle the situation, but most important is your safety and wellbeing. Your employer is obliged to act to prevent bullying from occurring.
If you feel that you are being bullied speak to your manager, or someone in the HR department (if your employer has one)


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