Workplace Bullying

What is workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying involves an individual, or a group of individuals, repeatedly behaving unreasonably towards a worker, or a group of workers of which the worker is a member, in circumstances where that behaviour creates a risk to health and safety.

Unreasonable behaviour can include intimidation, coercion, threats, humiliation, shouting, sarcasm, victimisation, terrorising, singling-out, malicious pranks, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, belittling, bad faith, harassment, conspiracy to harm, ganging-up, isolation, freezing-out, ostracism, innuendo, rumour-mongering, disrespect, mobbing, mocking, victim-blaming and discrimination.

What can I do about workplace bullying?

If you have been bullied or harassed at work, the lawyers at Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers can assist you in preparing a formal bullying complaint to your employer and can support you through any investigation process. If your employer does not take reasonable steps to prevent the bullying from reoccurring, we can assist you in making an application to the Fair Work Commission to obtain an order to prevent future bullying in the workplace.

This process involves filing an application in the Fair Work Commission and attending a conference with your employer to see if the matter can be resolved by agreement. If the parties can’t resolve the matter by agreement, directions will be issued to prepare the matter for a final hearing before a member of the Fair Work Commission. The lawyers at Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers can assist you throughout this process, from preparing the application to appearing for you at the final hearing. Alternatively, if you feel that your employment is no longer tenable as a result of the workplace bullying, we can assist you in negotiating an agreed cessation to your employment.

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