Under the Equality Act 2010, harassment is unwanted conduct which is related to one of the following: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and is therefore unlawful.

This type of behaviour is not always obvious or apparent to others and may happen without the employer being aware.  However, the result of this can create an unhappy and unproductive workplace where you may have poor morale, absence from work, lost productivity and even resignations, which may result in grievances or Employment Tribunal claims being raised. 

Ways in which you can prevent this type of behaviour is by ensuring that you have a formal policy on expectations in the workplace and communicating this to your employees.

If you would like guidance or advice with how to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email

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