Employment Law · Additional Resources

Bullying has been defined as less favourable treatment of a person by another in the workplace, beyond which may be considered reasonable and appropriate workplace practice.

What distinguishes bullying from an assault is that the latter can result from a single incident whereas bullying tends to consist of many small incidents over an extended period of time. Each incident tends to be trivial, and taken in isolation would not constitute a criminal offence.

Bullying Indicators

Employers' Obligations

Employers are under legal obligation to provide a safe workplace to their employees, which includes freedom from bullying, either by management or other employees.

Legal Responses to Bullying

The effects of bullying can be serious humiliation causing psychological stress or physical injury, loss of income or demotion or loss of employment.

A victim of bullying has a number of legal options:-