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Bullying and Harassment

At Taylor & Buchalter we advise clients on all aspects of bullying and harassment at work including sexual harassment.

Bullying and Harassment at work may give rise to a claim for compensation. Your employer is obliged to provide you with a safe place of work and this includes ensuring that you do not suffer a recognised psychological injury as a result of bullying or harassment. If you are subjected to bullying or harassment at work and as a result you had to receive treatment from your Doctor you may be entitled to make a claim for the injury and financial loss you have suffered.  An employer will only be liable to compensate you for  injuries caused by bullying or harassment where it knew or ought to have known that an employee was being bullied or harassed.

Whether or not you have had to seek medical advice in your Contract of Employment there should be a procedure to deal with situations where you are being bullied or harassed. You should make a complaint under that procedure to your employer.

Under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008 employers are obliged  to prevent harassment at work. An employee can bring a claim to the Equality Tribunal for  compensation if they are being discriminated on any of the following grounds:

  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Family status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religious belief
  • Member of the Traveller community

The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2008 define harassment as “unwanted conduct” which is related to any of the discriminatory grounds above.

Sexual harassment is any form of “unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature”. It is  conduct which “has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person”.

Our solicitors specialising in this area are:

Niall Courtenay -

Beverly Turner -

Maria O'Mahony -

If you have suffered as a result of being bullied or harassed at work contact us immediately for legal advice. Go to Do I have a claim; call us on Freephone 1800 34 34 04  or send us an email at and we will contact you immediately.