Almost wthout exception people agree that workplace bullying is unacceptable but they find it difficult to draw the line between justifiable criticism bluntly made and bullying.
Complainants describe their manager humiliating them repeatedly in the workplace and in front of work colleagues; making negative comments over projects completed when other managers have offered praise; haranguing them only when they are on their own; reprimanding them when they have done something they believe the manager told them to do. Complainants report feeling utterly dispirited, anxious, uncertain, unable to sleep and unable to function effectively in their daily lives.
A good indication that you are the victim of bullying is when your work colleagues tell you to do something about the other person’s behaviour and call it bullying.
O’Brien v Renton Chainsaws & Mowers Ltd is an interesting example of bullying behaviour and an employer not adequately responding to the complaints of bullying, causing the employee to resign. the Authority concluded that the employer had breached its duty to provide a safe workplace and Mr O’Brien had been unfairly constructively dismissed.
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- Advising you about the law and available complaint processes.
- Discussing options for managing the complaint and the employment relationship.
- Preparing any written complaint.
- Representing you at any meeting with the employer.
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- A dateline of events.
- A description of the issues for you.
- Any witness statements you have obtained.
- Your employment agreement and job description.
- Letters, emails, and other relevant documents on the issues
- Your employer’s policies and procedures on harassment and bullying.
- Pay slips.
- Your contact details and those of the employer.