Employers are required by law to maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. Workplace bullying can take many forms and may include name-calling, threats, physical abuse through to more subtle forms such as excluding a worker from social events. Any employee can be subjected to workplace bullying, regardless of their position or seniority.
Upon receiving a complaint of bullying, the employer should obtain legal advice and arrange for the complaint to be properly investigated. It is important that both the complainant and the person about whom the complaint is lodged are both supported in the process, as it is not uncommon for investigations to find the complaint is without foundation. Those affected may also wish to seek support from and agency such as Lifeline or Beyond Blue.
Our employment lawyers are expert at advising employers in relation to appropriate risk-mitigation strategies to minimise bullying incidents in the workplace and how to respond appropriately to complaints of workplace bullying.
The expert employment lawyers at Parke Lawyers can help employees experiencing bullying in the workplace to quickly and discreetly resolve it. In addition, our lawyers can represent employees subject to a workplace investigation, ensuring procedural fairness and appropriate outcomes.