Employment law solicitors for bullying or harassment at work
We have helped more than 3,000 employees in England and Wales with their employment law claims and we can help you with your claim
An Employment Law Solicitor can explain the legal rights you have and where necessary what action to take. We offer fixed fees so you will know exactly what the cost will be before any work starts.
Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change. As part of the Co-op, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.
At Co-op Legal Services we firmly believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work. If you are looking for expert legal advice from an Employment Law Solicitor on a bullying or harassment at work issue, you have come to the right place. Our Employment Law Solicitors have years of experience helping people who have found themselves a victim of bullying or harassment at work.
What is bullying and harassment at work?
Although the words 'bullying' and 'harassment' are often used interchangeably and involve similar conduct from the perpetrator/s, workplace 'bullying' is not against the law; but, 'harassment' is.
Workplace harassment can be described as repeated mistreatment of certain people (targets) at work by one or more perpetrators. It can include behaviour such as:
- threatening, humiliating, or intimidating an individual, or
- work interference or sabotage
- verbal abuse
- spreading malicious gossip about the target
- excluding the target from meetings
If you have been subjected to bullying or harassment at work it is vital that you get expert legal advice from an Employment Law Solicitor as left unchecked, both your physical health and self-esteem are likely to suffer.
The law in England and Wales
Everyone is protected by the Equality Act 2010 from harassment related to the following characteristics:
- gender (including gender reassignment)
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
Workplace harassment can also sexual harassment. In addition to claims under the Equality Act 2010, victims of harassment or bullying who do not have a protected characteristic also have the possibility of bringing a claim in the civil Courts under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997.
A person's actions towards another will amount to harassment under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 where:
- he or she pursues a course of conduct, and
- he or she knows or
- he or she ought to know that that course of conduct amounts to harassment.
To constitute harassment under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997, the conduct has to be oppressive and unacceptable rather than just unattractive or unreasonable.
Written harassment or bullying at work
Another potential remedy for written harassment or bullying is the Malicious Communications Act 1988 which applies to communications that are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing or false, provided there is in each case an intention to cause distress or anxiety. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines state that there must be sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction and a prosecution must be in the public interest (i.e. necessary and proportionate).
Under the Communications Act 2003 anyone who sends as a message that is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character (other than in the course of providing a programme service) through a public electronic communications network, or who causes such a message or matter to be sent is guilty of an offence.
Our Employment Law Solicitors that specialise in bullying and harassment at work claims only represent employees (not employers). This has allowed us to develop a unique understanding of the challenges people face when making a claim for workplace bullying and harassment.
If you need legal advice and support with an employment harassment claim under the Equality Act, the Protection From Harassment Act, or the Malicious Communications Act call our Employment Law Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers.
Thank you very much for your advice and your efforts. This will mean that I can now move on with my life, put all the paperwork in a box and try to build my self-esteem up again. I am very grateful. (Ms H., Manchester)
How much compensation will I get?
Every case is different so the amount of compensation you could get for your harassment at work claim will vary depending on the facts of your particular situation. When an Employment Solicitor has reviewed the details of your particular harassment claim, we can advise you on the amount of compensation that you could receive.
Unlike most law firms, we will offer to take your case for a competitive fixed fee, agreed with you in advance. There will be no ‘surprise’ charges at the end of your case, allowing you to use the compensation you receive to rebuild your life.
Don’t let bullying or harassment at work rob you of self-confidence.
About Co-op Legal Services
Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.
As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.