Employers urged to halt workplace bullying

09-08-2006

A solicitor has urged employers to end bullying in the workplace.

The comments were made by Tony Morton-Hooper, the solicitor for City secretary Helen Green, who was this week awarded £800,000 in damages after suffering harassment at work.

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Today programme, Mr Morton-Hooper said that employers had a duty to protect their staff from harassment and that any bullying should be stamped out at the earliest possible opportunity.

"If, as in this case, they close their eyes to it and showed weaknesses at the various different levels of management, then the problem gets worse and worse," he said.

"That is terrible for the employee, but it is also bad for the business."

Ms Green's claim was for damages for the injury itself, he explained, for past lost earnings and future lost earnings, as the bullying ended her career in the City.

While natural pressures were fine and to be expected in a range of jobs, bullying was something quite different and could take many different forms, he said.

Some experts believe that the case could act as a precedent for future cases of workplace harassment.



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