Bullying and harassment are common problems affecting many members at work. But both bullying and harassment are unacceptable, and the law makes it clear that all employees have the right to work in a safe environment.
Swansea University is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe workplace that is free from bullying, intimidation and harassment. Employees are protected by a combination of employer’s policies and legislation.
If the bullying is linked to gender reassignment, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, nationality or is of a sexual nature then protection is provided under the Equality Act 2010.
If it is not covered by the Equality Act 2010, it may still be possible to bring a claim in the county court, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Under this legislation, employers can be liable for harassment by their employees. The harassment must amount to a “course of conduct” and must be serious enough to justify sanction under the criminal law. It can be difficult to determine when conduct is sufficiently serious. You should contact your UNISON representative for more information if you have a concern.
If personal injury arises, it may also be possible to bring a claim in negligence in the county court. Again, your should contact your UNISON representative for more information if you have a concern.