Employment law solicitors for bullying or harassment at work
Our employment law solicitors have years of experience helping people who have found themselves a victim of bullying or harassment at work.
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 perpetrators, workplace bullying is not against the law, but harassment is.
Workplace harassment can be described as repeated mistreatment of certain people 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 important that you get expert legal advice from an employment law solicitor.
The law in England and Wales
Under the Equality Act, everyone is protected from harassment if it relates to any of the following characteristics:
- gender (including gender reassignment)
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Workplace harassment can also include sexual harassment. In addition to claims under the Equality Act, 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 Harrassment Act.
A person's actions can amount to harassment under this law if they act in a way which they know (or should know) amounts to harrassment.
To be legally classed as harassment, 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. This applies to communications that are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing or false, provided there is an intention to cause distress or anxiety. The Crown Prosecution Service 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.
Under the Communications Act, it is an offence to send a message through a public electronic communications network that is: - grossly offensive - indecent - obscene - menacing
Anyone who sends or causes a message like this to be sent is guilty of an offence, unless they sent the message in the course of providing a programme service.
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.
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 unexpected charges at the end of your case, meaning you'll receive all the compensation you've been awarded.
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.