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Bullying and harassment

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  • Protection from harassment: "Oppressive and unacceptable" conduct is test for harassment

    Date:
    10 March 2010
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd [2010] 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.

  • Rayment v Ministry of Defence

    Date:
    10 March 2010
    Type:
    Law reports

    The High Court has awarded damages for injury and distress under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 March 2010
    Type:
    Law reports

    Susannah Jarvis (associate) and Kate Williams (professional support lawyer), Addleshaw Goddard, analyse important recent rulings.

  • Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd

    Date:
    8 December 2009
    Type:
    Law reports

    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.

  • How to deal with bullying and harassment in the workplace

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace, including the reasonable steps defence.

  • Hammond v International Network Services UK Ltd

    Date:
    19 November 2007
    Type:
    Law reports

    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.

  • Where an employee's claim of harassment turns out to be unfounded, can they be disciplined for raising a grievance?

    Type:
    FAQs

  • Harassment/employer's liability: Employers may be vicariously liable under 'stalking' legislation

    Date:
    22 September 2006
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Majrowski v Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Trust [2006] IRLR 695 HL, the House of Lords holds that under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 employers will be vicariously liable for harassment committed by employees acting in the course of their employment.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 September 2006
    Type:
    Law reports

    Joe Glavina and Phil Williams of Addleshaw Goddard outline the latest legal rulings and explain what you need to do to avoid tribunals.

  • Sex discrimination: Successful defence to claims of sexual harassment

    Date:
    4 August 2006
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Caspersz v Ministry of Defence EAT/0599/05, the Employment Appeal Tribunal holds that an employer that introduced and implemented an effective dignity at work policy successfully defended sexual harassment claims even where the harasser was the manager with responsibility for implementing the policy.