A workplace should have a professional environment, where you work in peace with your colleagues and where colleagues respect each other. Sadly, that is not always true. There are almost daily reports of harassment at the workplace. Such harassment may be really disturbing and traumatic for the victim, affecting not only their professional life but their personal life as well.
It not only affects the individual, but the victim’s loved ones as well. If you feel that you have been harassed and even complaints have done nothing to stop this, you can seek compensation.
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Under the Employment Equality Act, you have a right to file a claim if you face harassment at the workplace and it is not stopped.
Types of harassment that take place
Sexual harassment is common, especially targeting women and people with different sexual orientations. There are also other forms of harassment done by differentiating on the basis of gender, religion or religious beliefs, caste, family or marriage status, disability, age.
Sexual harassment can be verbal or non-verbal, in the form of unwelcome derogatory remarks, unwanted sexual advances, unconsented touching in spite of repeated warnings not to do so. Harassment in any form is unwanted conduct and you have a right to report it if you have been a victim.
Applying for a claim
- Before you apply for a claim, you need to make sure that you have proof that you have made attempts to stop the harassment.
- This might include warnings to the person who you are accusing, and reporting the event to your higher authorities.
- You should document all these events and maintain a written record.
- In case all this doesn’t work, you can go ahead and apply for compensation
Compensation can be for the mental, physical or financial losses you have incurred as a result of the harassment. Financial losses include loss of pay due to inability to come and work, fees paid for therapy sessions undertaken as a result of the harassment etc. The more evidence you have, the easier it will be to apply for the claim. As to legal fees, you may avoid financial spendings – how to do that you can learn from no win no fee guidance.
Consult your solicitor for advice on how to proceed.
No one should ever be a victim of harassment anywhere, be it your home or workplace. If there is someone you know who has been a victim of harassment, encourage them to speak up and stand for their basic rights. If you know that you are not at fault, you should not be afraid to stand up and apply for the compensation you deserve. Take professional help, gather some evidence, and go for it.