Harassment, bullying or constantly tormenting someone who works in the same workplace may well amount to a criminal offence.
It is also conduct that could infringe the Equality Act 2010 where the victim suffers discrimination because of their “protected characteristics” such as their sex or race or disability.
An employer can be held vicariously liable for the actions of an employee and can be liable personally if they fail to implement policies to prevent discrimination or harassment or bullying.
Compensation awarded by Employment Tribunals in successful Equality Act discrimination claims can include damages for injury to feelings and awards can be very substantial.
Harassment is a criminal offence under a number of provisions including the Public Order Act 1984 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
It covers use of threatening abusive or insulting language or behaviour and putting someone in fear of violence. Pursuing a course of conduct that someone knows or ought to know is harassment of another person is a criminal offence.
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