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When: Feb 20, 12
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Bullying in the workplace is defined in the legislation as: “repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or persons, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work”.

An isolated incident of the behaviour described in this definition may be an affront to your dignity at work but, as a once off incident, is not considered as bullying.  In the landmark case of Matt Quigley –v- Complex Tooling and Moulding Limited (2008) IESC44, Fennelly J. accepted the submission that bullying must bear the following characteristics:

  • It must be repeated;
  • It must be inappropriate, and
  • It must undermine the dignity of the employee at work.

Notwithstanding the above, you may still have a case of a different nature against your employer if you are the victim of a once-off incident in the workplace which is of such severity that it causes grave consequences for you.

If you are the victim of workplace bullying and harassment you know what a devastating effect it can have on your life.  People who have been subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace often suffer anxiety, panic attacks, depression, a loss of concentration, feelings of isolation, forgetfulness and feelings of helplessness.  If you are the victim of workplace bullying your self esteem and sense of self worth may be at an all time low.

We understand that taking any sort of case can be daunting and particularly so when you are the victim of workplace bullying.  That is why at Kieran McCarthy & Co. we are here to help.  We have been taking cases on behalf of victims of workplace bullying and harassment for 30 years and we have witnessed at first hand the serious emotional, physical and psychological effects that such bullying has had on its victims.

If you have any query in relation to any aspect of a workplace bullying and/or harassment claim you can contact Kieran McCarthy, Solicitor in the strictest confidence on 021 4275220 or by email here

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