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Employment Law Solicitors

Harassment & Bullying At Work Solicitors

If you’ve been bullied or harassed at work, our employment solicitors can advise you on your rights. Whether you need guidance on the grievance process or help making a discrimination claim, we have the expertise and experience to help you.

Employers are responsible for preventing bullying and harassment and should have policies in place to protect employees. If you’ve made a complaint about bullying or harassment, your employer should investigate promptly and objectively.

If your employer is failing to protect you from bullying or harassment, or you’re dissatisfied with how they’ve handled your complaint, contact us.

What Services Do We Offer?

We can help you with any issue involving bullying or harassment in the workplace. From helping you negotiate your employer’s grievance process through to representing you at an employment tribunal, we’ll support you at every stage.

You should also contact us if you’ve had to leave your job because of bullying or harassment. If this has happened, you may be able to claim for one or more of:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal.

Our personal injury team may also be able to help you seek compensation if the bullying has affected your health.

Who Can We Help?

We’ve helped senior executives and professionals in a wide range of bullying and harassment cases, including at employment tribunals. No business is too big for us to take on.

We have experience across a range of sectors, including financial services, education, medical and legal services. We’ll use our industry specific insight to support your case and give you the best chance of success.

Why Choose Us?

We’re recognised as experts in this field by leading independent legal guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. 

As well as being stressful and upsetting, you may be worried that bullying and harassment can cause reputational damage and affect your career progression. Talk to us as soon as possible and we’ll fight to protect your best interests and prevent harm to your reputation and prospects.

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To talk to an employment law specialist, call us today on 0207 650 3999.

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Harassment & Bullying At Work - More Information
    • What Is Classed As Bullying Or Harassment?
    • Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour include:

      • Spreading malicious rumours
      • Treating you unfairly
      • Picking on or undermining you
      • Denying you training or promotion opportunities.

      Bullying and harassment can happen in face-to-face situations, but also by email, phone and, increasingly, by social media.

      Bullying is not against the law unless it amounts to discrimination, but harassment is. To make a harassment claim under the Equality Act 2010, the bullying or harassment must relate to a protected characteristic.

      Protected characteristics are:

      • Age
      • Disability
      • Gender reassignment
      • Marriage and civil partnership
      • Pregnancy and maternity
      • Race
      • Religion or belief
      • Sex
      • Sexual orientation.

      Harassment under the Equality Act 2010 is when you experience unwanted behaviour related to one of these characteristics with the intention of violating your dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. This can also include unwanted conduct of a sexual nature.

    • What is the process for making a harassment claim?
    • As step one, we recommend raising concerns with your employer and giving them the chance to resolve the bullying and/or harassment issues. If this doesn’t lead to a resolution, you can start the formal grievance procedure. If you’re still not satisfied, you can then consider going to the Employment Tribunal.

      To make a harassment claim, you first have to start the ACAS early conciliation process. ACAS helps you and your employer to try and settle the dispute. This process can take a month, but may be extended by a further two weeks if both you and your employer agree.

      When this process is complete, you will get an ACAS certificate. You can then issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Your employer then has 30 days to send their defence to your claim. Once they respond, the Tribunal will list the case for a full hearing in six to nine months. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to prepare your case.

      This can be a long and stressful process but we’ve got decades of experience in helping people through it, so we’ll support and guide you through every step.

      Time limits

      It’s important to speak to us as soon as possible. You have three months minus one day from the date of the last act of harassment to start the ACAS early conciliation process. These time limits can come up very quickly, so you need to move fast.

    • What Payment Options Are Available?
    • There are a number of ways you can pay for your legal work:

      • Hourly rate – this is how most of our cases are funded. You only pay for the time you use.
      • Agreed fixed fees – in more complex cases it might be more cost effective for us to agree a fixed fee for your work.
      • Legal expenses insurance – this is legal cover that’s often a bolt-on to home insurance. It’s worth seeing if you have this as it may cover some or all of your legal fees.
      • Trade union membership – if you’re a member of a union, they might have something in place that pays your legal fees if you have an employment dispute.
      • Your employer – in some instances your employer may pay some of your costs (this can be the case if you are negotiating a settlement agreement).
      • Third party funding – this is where someone who isn’t directly involved in your case agrees to pay your costs.
      • Crowd funding – it may be possible to crowd fund your case using the CrowdJustice website (particularly if it’s of public interest).

      We can review your options in an initial meeting and let you know how to best pay for your case.

      It’s best to have any relevant membership/insurance documents to hand, as they will help us to understand any cover you already have.

    • Where Are We Based?
    • Our employment lawyers are based in major cities across the country, so we can help wherever you are.

      We offer an initial consultation, either over the phone or in person, where we can discuss your case.

      Call us on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online today to find out how we can help you.

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