If someone asked you about bullying, you would probably think of children in school, being bullied by other young children for one reason or another. Yet bullying is not always confined to the school playground. In some cases, people have been bullied by colleagues in the workplace, and this can be just as upsetting as it can when you are a child.
Bullying at work can and does happen, although thankfully it is usually very rare. This is no real reassurance to anyone who has experienced it, though, as it can have profound consequences for anyone who is on the receiving end. Just as you would dread going to school as a child if you were being bullied, you would also dread going to work even if you were an adult and this was happening to you.
What does being bullied by colleagues mean?
Bullying comes in many forms. For example, it may include nasty comments that could potentially be racist, homophobic, or sexist in nature. You may also know bullying as harassment, but they both refer to similar incidents.
For instance, bullying can also mean you are subjected to behaviour that is designed to humiliate you. Sexual harassment may also potentially occur, as may physical violence. These things are very uncommon, but anyone who experiences them will know how far-reaching the consequences can be. You may dread going back to work, even though you know your boss has a duty to make sure you can do your work safely without worrying about harassment or bullying.
Have you experienced a similar situation?
If you have, and if it happened within the past three years, you may wish to seek advice about the possibility of claiming compensation for any physical or mental injuries you suffered because of the bullying. It can be difficult to know whether you have any right to claim, and if so, how you should go about it.
Fortunately, advice is available without obligation from Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve spoken to others over the past 16 years and more about similar instances of being bullied by colleagues, and now we could help you too. Call us today on 0800 689 0500, or try ringing us on 0333 500 0993 instead if you’re on a mobile phone. We’re here to help if we can, and to provide no-obligation advice and support to assist you.
Date Published: March 30, 2017
Author: Rob Steen