The current climate of job uncertainty has con
tributed to an increase in the number of bul
lying claims, in particular false claims, as em
ployees try to protect themselves from
redundancies through contrived or exagger
ated workplace allegations, according to
Harmers Workplace Lawyers.
“I’ve seen a significant increase in false
bullying claims in recent months, with bully
ing and harassment claims arguably at their
highest level ever,” said Joydeep Hor, man
aging partner of Harmers Workplace Lawyers.
“When employees feel that their employ
ment is threatened, many feel cornered and
helpless and some even decide to take mat
ters into their own hands to protect themselves.
“Given the often high-profile nature of bul
lying and harassment cases and the negative
impact on a company’s reputation, employ
ees can see the bargaining power a claim like
this might bring and they hope the claim will
mark them ‘off-limits’ for any future redun
dancies,” he said.
“Previous downturns would not have seen
anywhere near the same number of claims
of bullying and harassment … reporting of
workplace bullying has steadily increased
over the past ten years as employees are bet
ter educated about these issues and have
better avenues through which to report
cases,” Hor said.
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