In Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd  IRLR 132 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an employee who was bullied at work by her line manager had been harassed within the meaning of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. While the Court had to keep in mind the need for the conduct complained of to be serious enough to sustain criminal liability, the key test was whether or not it was "oppressive and unacceptable". On the unchallenged evidence before the Court, it clearly was.
The Court of Appeal has held that an employer was vicariously liable under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for a manager's unusually serious harassment of an employee.
Practical guidance on dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace, including the reasonable steps defence.
The High Court has held that, in order to succeed in a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, an employee must show that there was 'an element of real seriousness' to the harassment.
Joe Glavina and Phil Williams of Addleshaw Goddard outline the latest legal rulings and explain what you need to do to avoid tribunals.
In First Global Locums Ltd and others v Cosias  IRLR 873 HC, the High Court has granted an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 restraining a former employee.
In Waters v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, the House of Lords allows a police officer's appeal against the striking out of her claim against the Commissioner of Police for failing to protect her from bullying and harassment following allegations against a fellow officer of serious sexual assault.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to harassment in the work environment.