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Everybody should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. A recent study has suggested that one third of the UK workforce has been subjected to bullying or harassment at work.
Bullying is behaviour which is offensive or intimidating. Harassment, in broad terms, is conduct which affects the dignity of employees in the workplace. Harassment is unlawful and bullying can amount to unlawful harassment.
Whilst the terms bullying and harassment are interchangeable the effect of either can be significant for those on the receiving end and can result in serious mental and physical ill-health and long-term sickness absence from work.
Shoosmiths recently settled a claim for compensation on behalf of a young woman who had suffered bullying and harassment at work for a number of years. This took its toll on our client. She became unwell and unable to work and finally sought advice from Shoosmiths and we reassured her that what had happened to her was totally unacceptable.
We took the case on a no win no fee basis and were able to secure a significant sum in compensation. However, the compensation payment was only part of the story. The support we were able to provide has helped her to rebuild her life.
Sharine Burgess, a solicitor with Shoosmiths specialising in bullying and harassment at work claims said:
‘Our client was let down by her employers who failed to listen to her complaints or to take action to stop what was happening to her at work. This resulted in her becoming ill and being signed off work. Her experience is sadly not uncommon but with the right support from Shoosmiths she is getting her life back on track. Our client had the determination to fight back and say that what had happened to her was wrong. I urge anyone who is suffering bullying or harassment at work to listen to her story and to seek advice from Shoosmiths’.
If you have been affected by bullying or harassment at work please contact Shoosmiths for advice on 03700 868 686 or via our website.