Bullying - the legal issues

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Bullying - the legal issues

  • Canadian Proposed NATIONAL Anti-Bullying Law (PDF) Sept. 2003

  • Dignity at Work Bill: addresses bullying by providing for the right to dignity and respect at work  but is not based on the discriminatory model.(UK)

  • Disability Discrimination Act (1995) - If the target of bullying has a recognised disability (anything in ICD-10 or DSM-IV which a GP or consultant is prepared to put in writing), and this disability is known to the employer, if may be possible to bring a case under this Act. (UK)

  • Employment Relations Act (1999) and in particular section 37 covering protected disclosure. (UK)

  • Protection from Harassment Act (1997) - This Act might be of use if the bully regularly harasses you (or members of your family), eg making regular phone calls to you at home when you are on annual leave, on sick leave, or - especially - when you are on compassionate leave, and especially if the calls are at unsocial hours. Breach of confidentiality could be regarded as an act of harassment, as could denial of your right to representation at meetings etc. (UK)

  • Unfair dismissal for blowing the whistle - A worker may take his employer to tribunal for any detriment (dismissal, redundancy, etc) after the worker makes a disclosure (ie blows the whistle). (UK)

  • Victimization at work: Ordinance of the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety and Health containing Provisions on measures against Victimization at Work (adopted 21 September 1993) ISSN 0348-2138.

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