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Bullying, Harassment and Victimisation - Know your place

It was recently reported that leaked emails from technology giant Sony, expose accusations of a culture of racism, verbal abuse, sexual harassment and gender bias. Keith Le Goy, President of International Distribution at Sony Pictures Television has been accused of overlooking African-American workers and promoting less experienced Caucasian employees. It was also said that one of the African-American workers was the victim of frequent expletive-laden verbal attacks and she alleges that Le Goy sexually harassed her on multiple occasions.

Bullying and harassment can unfortunately be common in workplaces, and it is not always obvious. All managers and workers are charged with ensuring that they conduct their business on behalf of the Company in such a way as to ensure that freedom from discrimination, bullying, harassment & victimisation is enjoyed by all employees and workers at all times.

The Equality Act 2010 defines harassment as unwanted conduct which is related to age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, and any such conduct is unlawful, with no compensation limit should an employee win their employment tribunal claim.

People do not always feel able or confident enough to complain, particularly if, as in the Sony story, the harasser is a manager or senior member of staff. Sometimes the employee will simply resign in order to escape the situation. It is therefore very important for employers to ensure that all staff are aware of available options to deal with potential bullying or harassment, and that these remain confidential.

Bullying and harassment create an unhappy and unproductive workplace with poor morale; poor employee relations; loss of respect for managers or supervisors; poor performance or lost productivity; absence; high turnover and potentially employment tribunal and other court cases.

MyHRdept policies and procedures are designed to ensure that best efforts are made to remove bullying and harassment from the workplace. Our policy sets out the Company’s principles on such matters and the procedures to be followed by employees who are witnesses to or believe they have been the victim of discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation, whether from a colleague, manager, contractor or any other individual connected with the Company.

Alongside policies and procedures, myHRdept can also equip managers or supervisors with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with employment relations issues and to create a more productive working environment.

If you have any questions around bullying, harassment or victimisation, or would like advice on a potential situation, call us today on 01628820515. If you're thinking of outsourcing your HR why not contact myhrdept.co.uk. With full service Premium Plus packages for medium sized companies typically from only a few hundred per month (and from only £100 per month for smaller companies and start-ups) and fixed price HR support options available for one-off issues, we believe we offer the best combination of quality and price available in the UK. Call us on 01628 820515 to discuss your requirements or email us here and we’ll call you back.