We can all feel the pressure of work-related stress at some point and every job has its stressful moments, but if short-term situations start to become on-going issues, this can severely affect both your physical and emotional health.
Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts in Stress at Work claims, which include bullying, sexual harassment, unfair treatment and assaults as well as excessive workload.
Our large team of expert solicitors are one of the only dedicated teams specialising in Stress At Work claims in the UK, so you can be assured that you will be in good hands throughout the process.
If you would like to make a claim, call us now on 0113 200 9787 or email email@example.com. We operate from offices in Leeds, but help claimants in all of England and Wales. Rest assured, your case will be in good hands.
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Any type of stress can take a huge emotional toll on you, and stress at work does not always mean you’re dealing with excessive workload. Stress can manifest itself in many different ways such as bullying, harassment or sexual assault and as a victim, we know that you’ll find it hard to cope with work and the perpetrator(s) of your harassment, which is why the dedicated team here will work with you to help you.
Your employer has a legal responsibility for your health and safety whilst at work, this also includes ensuring that you are free from threat, harm and abuse. If they have allowed any form of bullying or harassment to take place then they are legally responsible to pay you compensation for any treatment that you require and loss of earnings.
What Is Work-related Stress?
Stress at work can be caused by many different issues and no person’s cause of stress or their reaction to it is ever the same. Suffering from stress in the workplace is generally understood to be ‘a reaction to an overload of pressure or demand in the workplace’ however this pressure is not always simply overwork – and can manifest itself as many other issues.
In fact, stress at work can be caused by issues such as:
- Being overworked
- Having a lack of support from management or team
- Sexual harassment
- Having mental health issues ignored.
What To Do if You’re suffering from Stress at Work
The first thing you should do if you’re suffering from work related stress is to talk to someone you trust. If you work in a large organisation, you should arrange a meeting with your line manager or someone in HR to discuss your situation. We always advise clients to ensure any meeting discussions are confirmed in writing (e.g. by email) so that there is a record of this meeting taking place. This is to protect you from the potential rebuttal from an employer who claims they were never made aware of your stress if a claim is brought against them.
Your employer then needs to intervene and take responsibility for the cause of your stress, making the necessary adjustments and arrangements to mitigate the cause of your work related stress.
Actions for them to take include reducing your workload, moving you to another area of the office/into a different team, possibly arranging flexible working hours and providing a mentor for you to go to.
If you feel that nothing has been done to help you, you can raise a formal grievance against your employer. Follow your company’s procedures or contact us for advice on what to do next.
You can also get signed off from work by your GP if you feel to ill to be able to go into work at all. Legally you are entitled to statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks.
What To Do If You’re Being Bullied Or Harassed At Work
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 states that individuals must not pursue any conduct that amounts to harassment of another person that they know or ought to know amounts to harassment.
This bullying and harassment can take many different forms, it isn’t always verbal or physical, it can include: face-to-face interactions, email, social media, telephone calls or texts messages etc.
And can also include behaviour such as:
- Being denied opportunities
- Regularly undermining you (even though you are doing your job well)
- Unfair treatment
- Starting, or spreading rumours about you etc
I have been the victim of bullying and harassment
- Try to address the problem informally at work before seeking a legal route.
- Talk to your manager or human resources team about the issue and see if they can resolve it for you.
- If the informal route doesn’t work, then consider filing a formal grievance with your employer.
- If none of the above works, then talk to us.
More more information and advice on Stress at Work, take a look at the following pages:
Never suffer in silence, always seek help and guidance from those around you.