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Defining Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination


What is Bullying?

Being bullied at work can take many forms and is absolutely unacceptable at every level. Some of the types of bullying include:
  • You may be feeling like you are being picked on
  • You regularly face unfair treatment
  • You are being humiliated in the workplace
  • You are the victim of physical or verbal abuse
  • You are being used as a scapegoat
  • You are given too much work/too little work
  • You are threatened with dismissal or intentionally overlooked for promotion or training opportunities
We will work with you to help you confront this type of situation. We are a sensitive and caring legal firm, with the experience and expertise to help you.

We are a sizeable firm with a small company ethos, which means we strive to get to know you on a personal level, in order to provide the support, guidance and services you need.

Read more: Bullying in the Workplace is a Common Concern

What is Discrimination/Harassment?

Did you know that discrimination is a legally defined term? Unlawful conduct from your employer may be categorised as different types of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. However, in most cases, the starting point is whether the things you are going through are linked to a “Protected Characteristic”. The protected characteristics are:
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage & civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
Howells’ solicitors are specialists in employment law and are able to advise you of your statutory protections against discrimination and whether they have been breached. We are experienced and handle complex and high value claims, as well as discrete, inadvertent and isolated acts of discrimination.

Get in touch with our employment specialists today or submit an enquiry form online now.

Alternatively, learn more in our blog post: Are You a Victim of Harassment at Work? Know Your Rights


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