Workplace Bullying Compensation Claims
Workplace bullying and harassment is common in our working society and can lead to serious injury.
An employer has a duty of care to ensure your workplace is safe and this includes being free from bullying and harassment from co-workers or supervisors.
Employers are required by law to have in place policy and procedures to deal with workplace bullying. If you believe you are the victim of bullying in the workplace, you should refer to these policies and procedures to see what steps you can take to report the issue.
It is important to understand what you can do to minimise the negative impact and stop the bullying as soon as possible.
If your workplace does not have any policy or procedure in place to deal with workplace bullying, if you can, discuss your concerns with the human resources department or another co-worker or supervisor.
You should report the bullying behaviour to your employer if you feel safe to do so.
If you are a target of workplace bullying and harassment, you should make a note of the nature and type of the bullying behaviour and if there are witnesses, make a note of the names and contact details of those witnesses.
If you are struggling to cope with the hurtful behaviour, make sure you talk to friends and relatives and seek professional help from your doctor or a psychologist. Bullying in the workplace can lead to serious injury if not acted on early.
If you are not coping and need to take some time off work, you need to consult your general practitioner and obtain a WorkCover Certificate of Capacity which certifies you unfit for work. This certificate is handed to your employer and the workers compensation insurer is notified of a claim.
You may be referred for counselling with a psychologist for treatment.
If because of workplace bullying, you are unfit for work you may need to speak to an expert worker’s compensation lawyer to understand your right to compensation.
If your employer fails in their duty of care and consequently you sustain a psychological injury, you may be able to purse a claim in negligence against your employer, this is known as a work injury damages claim.
If you need assistance with your workplace bullying and harassment claim, please do not hesitate to contact our accredited lawyers as follows;