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Bullying and harassment

Read our guidance below on what to do if you think you’re being bullied or harassed at work.

Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Bullying itself is not against the law, but harassment is. What should you do if you think you’re being bullied or harassed?

Problems at work are generally best sorted out informally in the first instance. The quicker and closer to the problem the better. But when someone’s intimidated or offended you, it’s not always that simple.

Being bullied

Bullying is behaviour from a person or group that’s unwanted and makes you feel uncomfortable, including feeling:

Examples of bullying in the workplace could include:

The bullying might:

When bullying is harassment

By law, it’s harassment when bullying or unwanted behaviour is about any of the following (known as ‘protected characteristics’)

Your employer is responsible for preventing bullying and harassment – they’re liable for any harassment suffered by their employees.

We’ll listen carefully to your individual circumstances, explain any internal policies, procedures or guidance that you need to be aware of and get you copies if you can’t access the information yourself. Then we’ll advise you on how best we think you should take your concerns forward.

You’ll have an individual caseworker assigned to look after you from the minute you get in touch, including representing you at any formal meetings and getting legal advice and support should it be necessary. 

Don’t suffer in silence. Get in touch with your local Accord officer.

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