Bullying at Work

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Bullying and harassment in the workplace can be devastating for victims. There is no statutory definition in New Zealand of bullying; however, WorkSafe New Zealand defines bullying as:

… repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can lead to physical or psychological harm.

Examples of bullying include:

There is no specific law addressing bullying at work. That said, bullying can give rise to a number of claims including: unjustified disadvantage (see Unjustified Disadvantage) and constructive dismissal (see Constructive Dismissal). If the bullying is on the grounds of or related to one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination, it may give rise to a claim for unlawful discrimination or sexual or racial harassment (see Unlawful Discrimination). In some cases, it may amount to an offence under the Harassment Act 1997 and may also be a breach of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 2015.

If you are being bullied at work, contact us on (09) 214 5780. We may be able to stop it happening, or if things have gone too far, we can seek a negotiated severance for you.

* Provided we do have a conflict of interest and that there is no other reason why we could not act, we are happy to have initial 15 minute telephone consultation free of charge.

Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on the information given.