Tags: Harassment

Childhood bullying can affect physical and mental health throughout life

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new research by King’s College London. The study is the first to look at the effects of bullying beyond early adulthood, and is published in theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry. The findings come from the British…

Is it time to stamp out bullying at work?

A recent study by Opportunity Now and PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that 64% of UK women (aged between 28 and 40 years) have been bullied or harassed at work. A more wide ranging survey of this kind revealed that 52% of the women questioned said they had experienced bullying or harassment over the last three years. There…

MP’s said to have sexually harassed a third of young male workers in Westminster

A Channel Four investigation has revealed that MP’s, especially Conservative MP’s, regularly got drunk and “flirted” or made passes at young male parliamentary workers during Commons drinking sessions. One aide spoke of how he was approached to “go to the Gents” with an MP at an event for young political activists. “The MP suggested I…

Niall Burns: Stalking in the workplace

In an age where people’s personal details are readily accessible by others, it has become increasingly easy for would-be stalkers to access personal information and use it to target individuals. In the majority of cases, a previous connection exists between stalker and victim, be it a longstanding or one-off acquaintance, lending itself to the working…

Woman awarded £12,293 after suffering sexual harassment

A woman has been awarded £12,293 after an industrial tribunal ruled that she suffered sexual harassment at work. Noeleen McAleenon took a case against Autism Initiatives NI in west Belfast, over harassment from a male co-worker. She initially raised the issue with her employer, but resigned over concerns that they had not dealt with it…

Government Response to Disability Related Harassment Inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomes the response from the Government to our Hidden in Plain Sight Report. We are pleased that the Government has agreed with the majority of our recommendations. We are currently reviewing its detailed response, alongside the responses of nearly 50 other national organisations and bodies. We will be reporting…

Employee fairly dismissed for vulgar Facebook postings

An Employment Tribunal has held that the dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct after he posted vulgar comments about a colleague on Facebook was fair. The comments amounted to harassment in breach of the employer’s Dignity at Work Policy, reports Doyle Clayton solicitors. In Teggart v. TeleTech UK Limited T posted vulgar comments about a…

Government launches transgender equality action plan

The government has published a new action plan for improving equality for transgender people, including in the workplace. Following consultation with the transgender community, public bodies, GPs and the voluntary sector, the Home Office has formulated a number of proposals designed to eradicate the inequalities and prejudices faced by transgender people at work, in education…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly- Part 6

  Learn from my experience of conducting formal investigations into harassment, bullying and discrimination for large, high profile companies and organisations in this, the final in my series on how to investigate harassment and bullying complaints.   Tip – Record, record, record Do not rely on your memory as far as the progress of the…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly- Part 4

For sound and effective formal investigations of harassment, bullying and discrimination follow my tips based on extensive experience of conducting investigations. Have an appropriate order of play I recommend the following order of play for the interviews: First the complainant, without whom there would not be a complaint to investigate. Then witnesses – who may…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly- Part 5

Learn from my experience of conducting formal investigations into harassment, bullying and discrimination for large, high profile companies and organisations. Tip – How to decide on your findings When you have collected your evidence and put it into your report, read it through carefully and the conclusions should be apparent. List the conclusions, then put…