Workplace Bullying Legal Advice

Your health is too important to let it be affected by workplace bullying. If you are being bullied in the workplace we can help protect your health, employment law rights and your reputation.

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Are you being bullied?

  • Are you being subjected to repeated and unreasonable behaviour?
  • Do you feel unsafe or at risk of injury?
  • Will the behaviour continue if you don’t stop it?

Because of our expertise we can help to end the workplace bullying with minimum disruption to your work and personal life.

No one should have to put up with workplace bullying. We can help you make it stop.

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Workplace Bullying FAQs

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What can be done to stop the bullying?

The Fair Work Commission can order that bullying behavior stop. An order is a ruling made by the Fair Work Commission. Once an order is made it must be complied with.

The FWC will consider maker orders stopping bullying if:

  • the applicant is a worker;
  • works in a constitutionally covered business;
  • while at work the an individual or group repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards the worker; or
  • group of workers of which the worker is a member
  • unless an order is made that the bullying will continue.

What is unreasonable behaviour?

Unreasonable behavior may include the following:

  • Conduct intended to embarrass or humiliate
  • Threats
  • Teasing, practical jokes
  • Exposure to offensive material
  • Social Media harassment

What is reasonable management action?

Although conduct that may be considered unreasonable behavior will not be if its determined the conduct was reasonable management action. This might include:

  • Performance management processes;
  • Disciplinary Action for misconduct;
  • Notice of unsatisfactory work performance;
  • A direction for perform reasonable duties
  • Maintaining reasonable workplace goals and standards

What happens if the order isn't complied with?

If an order to stop bullying is made by the Fair Work Commission, it will not include the payment of money. However, if the Fair Work Commission does make an order to stop bullying and that order is not complied with then an application can be made for what is called “civil remedy provisions.” This can include the payment of monetary penalties and the possibility of compensation to the aggrieved.

I'm being bullied at work, what should I do?

Bring the matter the attention of a manger or supervisor. If the bullying continues you may want to consider making a complaint in writing. There are protections contained within the Fair Work Act that protect workers from making a complaint, these are called General Protections. Its always a good idea to have your employment contract on hand and also copies of polices and procedures that deal with complaint making. It always a good idea to get advice before making a complaint.

If you have made the complaint and the bullying continues or gets worse its probably time to get some expert advice and call one of our solicitors.

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