Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace - Liability & the Law
Unfortunately, there have been several headline grabbing cases of harassment reported in recent times. Many of these related to historic events of harassment and have led to a debate about what is and is not acceptable behaviour in the workplace.
Given the focus that there has been on harassment, it is important to understand the law and the liability that the employer has.
Although there is specific law relating to harassment, there is no specific ‘bullying’ law. This does not mean, however, that there is no legal redress for an employee who is bullied, and in this session, we will explore the potential claims that an employee might make.
The live broadcast session will be relevant to both those advising employers and claimants.
What You Will Learn
This live and interactive session will cover the following:
- The definition in the Equality Act 2010
- Case law - looking at what is and is not harassment
- What behaviour amounts to bullying
- The possible legal claims
- The Definition of Vicarious Liability
- What are the liabilities of the employer?
- When the harasser might also be liable
- Personal Injury Claims
- The potential for an employee to argue that bullying or harassment has caused a breach of health and safety legislation
- What would have to be shown for a personal injury claim to be successful
- Constructive Dismissal
- The definition of constructive dismissal
- What would need to be shown for the employee to be able to argue that bullying or harassment amounted to a breach of contract
- Handling a Complaint of Harassment or Bullying
- How to manage the complaint
- Using the grievance procedure
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.