The Company recognises that harassment in the workplace, in any form, is unacceptable and in most cases, is also unlawful. We are committed to ensuring that we are able to provide a working environment which is harmonious and acceptable to all.
It is the duty of each employee to respect the feelings and well-being of all their colleagues. What might be acceptable to one person might be upsetting and/or intimidating to another person.
Harassment is unacceptable language or behaviour, which causes the recipient of such actions to be embarrassed, offended, or threatened. Harassment can take many forms and can range from relatively mild banter, to actual physical violence.
The following outlines examples of the type of behaviour which the Company would consider constitutes harassment, for which the perpetrator(s) will be liable for disciplinary action and in serious cases liable to summary dismissal.
- Coarse or insensitive jokes and pranks.
- Coarse or insensitive comments about appearance or character.
- Display of offensive material - written or pictorial.
- Deliberate exclusion from conversation or activities.
- Unwelcome familiarity or body contact.
- Abusive, insulting, or threatening language.
- Demands or threats to obtain favours, or intimidate.
- Threatened or actual violence.
- The above is not an exhaustive list.
The Company understands the sensitive nature of complaints of harassment, but would urge any individual if they feel that they are the victim of such behaviour, to implement the Grievance Procedure in order that the situation can be satisfactorily resolved. Individuals are assured that should they raise such a grievance, that the matter will be dealt with promptly in a discreet and caring manner.