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Are You Being Bullied at Work? How do You Classify Bullying?

You might be surprised to discover that there is no legal definition of bullying.

Our research found that six in 10 people had either experienced or witnessed bullying at work. Find out more by watching our video: Are you being bullied at work? How do you classify bullying?


Bullying is usually persistent, unwanted, adverse treatment which has a detrimental impact upon the recipient. Bullying can have a negative impact on an employee’s health, happiness or productivity at work.

Bullying can take many forms. Different forms which bullying at work can take include:

  • Public humiliation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Exclusion from work or social events
  • Being overworked
  • Being denied access to training opportunities
  • Being overlooked for promotion

There is no self-standing claim for bullying in the law. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot take action if you are suffering from bullying at work.

You can take action internally – using your employer to assist you in stopping the unfair treatment which you are being subjected to.

If internal action is unsuccessful then you might have scope to take legal action. For more information, see our blog 5 Steps to Deal With Bullying in the Workplace.

Paula Chan is an employment associate at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

Bullying and harassment at work puts employees in difficult situations which can be hard to cope with. At Slater and Gordon Lawyers, we can provide you with immediate representation anywhere in England and Wales.

Call us on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will be happy to help.

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