DISCRIMINATION - DISCRIMINATION LAW
WHAT IS WORKPLACE BULLYING?
No employer wants to have bullying going on in their workplace as it means loss of productivity and very likely a loss of profits. It is also an employer’s responsibility to ensure that a safe workplace is provided to their employees. If bullying is taking place, the employer may be in breach of their responsibilities.
Workplace bullying is defined by WorkSafe Victoria as ‘repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed toward an employee, or group of employees, that creates a risk to health and safety’. Workplace bullying encompasses a range of conduct which can include:
- verbal abuse or denigration of an employee’s work
- physical abuse including pushing and shoving
- inconsistent treatment by an employer or manager
- giving employees impossible and/or pointless tasks
- deliberately changing rosters to make life difficult for an employee
- deliberately withholding information necessary to perform a job
- excluding or isolating an employee
Victims of workplace bullying can experience anxiety, loss of confidence and a loss of self esteem. If this is happening to you, you should report it to management to have it dealt with. If you have done so and management takes no action within a reasonable time, then we may be able to assist you in bringing it before management as a priority. Contact us on 6257 9995 for a review of your circumstances and advice.