12 Jun Workplace bullying compensation claims
Stress at work can arise for a number of reasons, from having too much pressure put on you at work to experiencing workplace bullying. At Ferrys Solicitors, our Personal Injury and Accident Solicitors can help handle your claim and reach a settlement or proceed through the appropriate commissions or courts with your claim.
As with other workplace injury compensation claims, your employer has a duty of care to provide you with a safe working environment where you do not endure any preventable injuries or stress. This includes having a manageable level of work as well as not being subject to harassment or bullying from your supervisors or other members of your team.
What is bullying in the workplace?
Bullying at work occurs when repeated inappropriate behaviour undermines your right to dignity at work and covers intimidation, physical violence, damaging your reputation by gossip, social exclusion and threats.
It is also important to note that the personal injury must arise from an incident or repeated incidents at work. If the incident occurred away from work, your personal injury may not be classifiable as a workplace injury.
It can be classified as a personal injury when your physical or psychological health is damaged. Along with the symptoms of physical violence, workplace bullying or stress may also manifest itself as frequent indigestion, sweating when not active, stomach and abdominal pain and so on. You may also experience abnormal pains, mood swings, anxiety, depression, etc.
What should I do if I experience bullying at work?
If you experience bullying at work you should report the incident to your employer as soon as possible. You can suffer no form of penalisation at work for reporting such an incident. If you do, this is a breach of your employment rights.
For a workplace bullying claim to be successful, it must be shown that that repeated offending behaviour took place and that the employer could have reasonably foreseen the offending behaviour and did not stop it. When you report the incident to your employer they will have an opportunity to stop the bullying. If they fail to prevent it from reoccurring then they may have failed in their duty of care to you.It is very important to attempt to remedy a workplace bullying claim directly with your employer before proceeding to the courts. Call one of our Dublin offices to discuss your case with one of registered Workplace Injury Solicitors today.