Resolving problems in the workplace

When you consider that we spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace, it’s important to ensure that we are comfortable in the work environment and not suffering from stress or exposed to an ill treatment. There are a whole range of laws which are designed to protect British employees, which means that there is no reason to suffer in silence if you are encountering problems at work, whether this involves a boss, fellow colleague or relates to any unfair treatment. The employment lawyers at CH Legal have experience of upholding the legal rights of employees facing all types of workplace issues, from unfair dismissal to race discrimination.

Common employment law matters

Unfair dismissal – if the reason for your dismissal does not fall within certain rules, or the dismissal procedure was not followed correctly, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Discrimination – it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against their employees on the following grounds: race, sex, religion or philosophical belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, marital status and age.

Bullying or victimisation – employers are responsible for preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace. If they do not uphold their “duty of care” by failing to tackle mistreatment – whether the source is management or co-workers –  it may be possible to resign and claim constructive dismissal, depending on the circumstances.

Taking action

If you’ve suffered from any kind of problem in the workplace, the first step is to raise the issue with your line manager, the HR department or a senior manager.  However, if you feel the matter cannot be resolved internally, you should approach a specialist employment lawyer who can advise you on your rights and work with you to achieve a satisfactory resolution, whether this involves negotiation, a settlement agreement or going to an employment tribunal. To find out more, get in touch with Caroline Tomlinson or call 0845 4786 354.