Violence at the workplace? Know Your Rights

Workplace violence? Know your rights. Fight for safety.

Workplace violence – it’s a distressing reality that none of us want to think about. From verbal abuse and threats to actual physical attacks, it can happen anywhere. The good news is, you don’t have to just endure it. Whether you have experienced it yourself or are concerned about the risks, understanding your rights is the first step to keeping yourself, and those around you, safe. we will also highlight how you can get start on an injury at work Claim.

What Does Workplace Violence Actually Look Like?

Workplace violence can be shockingly obvious – like a physical assault. But, it also comes in forms you might not automatically recognise. Here’s what to watch for:

  • Physical attacks: These sadly need no explanation – any violence that causes physical harm.
  • Threats: aimed at intimidating you and causing fear for your safety, whether spoken, written, or implied, constitute workplace violence.
  • Verbal abuse: This includes shouting, swearing, personal insults, and any language that’s degrading or humiliating.
  • Bullying: Repeated behavior intended to undermine, belittle or cause distress. Unlike a one-off argument, bullying is a pattern.
  • Harassment: This covers unwanted behavior linked to things like your age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics. It’s illegal discrimination if this makes you feel intimidated or degraded.

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Understanding Your Employer’s Duty to Prevent Workplace Violence

Remember this above all else if you’ve been a target of workplace violence: it’s never your fault. The law is on your side, not theirs. Your employer has a legal responsibility, a “duty of care,” to actively protect your safety and wellbeing at work. This means taking steps to prevent violence in the first place, having clear policies and training readily available, and treating any reports you make with the utmost seriousness. They must investigate fairly, stop the violence from happening again, and ensure your protection even if you spoke up.

What Should I Do If I’m a Victim of Workplace Violence?

Witnessing or being the target of violence at work is scary. Here’s a step-by-step plan:

1. Immediate danger: 

If you’re in immediate danger, try to remove yourself, get help from a colleague, or call the police (999) if necessary.

2. Document everything: 

Even if you’re feeling shaken, writing down details is key. What happened, when, where, who was involved, any witnesses? Save emails/texts too.

3. Report it: 

Follow your company’s process, whether that’s your manager, HR, or a specific reporting line. If the violence came from those people, there’ll be other ways to report in your policy.

4. Confidential support: 

Many workplaces have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for this. You can also speak to your doctor (GP) or reach out to a trusted support network.

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Addressing Unresolved Workplace Violence

It’s incredibly disheartening when it feels like your report of workplace violence isn’t being taken seriously. It shouldn’t be this way, but unfortunately, some employers don’t prioritise staff safety as they should. If this is happening to you, know that you have options. If you’re a member of a union, your union representative is there to advise you and advocate for your safety, helping you navigate this difficult situation .

Another step is to report the issue to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This government agency is responsible for overseeing workplace safety and they have the power to investigate and take action against employers who aren’t fulfilling their responsibilities. In the most serious of cases, where other options have been exhausted, you may consider seeking advice to explore the possibility of making a civil claim against your employer.

Preventing Workplace Violence For Everyone

We all have a role in keeping each other safe. Here’s what you can do:

  • Know and follow policies: Make sure you’re clear on what’s not tolerated, how to report, and how to support a colleague who’s been affected.
  • Speak up: If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable, report it. Don’t assume someone else will or that it’s “not serious enough.”
  • Be an ally: Support colleagues who report workplace violence. Don’t gossip, but do listen and offer help within your means.
  • Look after yourself: Workplace violence is stressful! Prioritise self-care and seek help if the impact is lasting.
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Making a Personal Injury Claim After Workplace Violence with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that experiencing workplace violence can have devastating consequences, both physically and emotionally. If your employer failed to protect you from this harm, our team is here to assist you by connecting you with a solicitor from our panel who will be able to assist you with your claim. We specialise in helping victims of workplace violence navigate the claims process.

Free Consultation

Our process begins with a free and confidential consultation to understand the details of your case. We’ll listen carefully to your story, assess the circumstances of the violence, and determine your employer’s potential liability. This initial step allows us to provide you with clear advice on the viability of making a personal injury claim.

No Win, No Fee

At National Claims, we believe that everyone should have access to justice after suffering workplace violence. That’s why we offer a “No Win, No Fee” arrangement, meaning you won’t face any upfront legal fees. Our fees are dependent on the success of your claim, so you can pursue your case with confidence, knowing that we’re committed to getting you the best possible outcome.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

Compassionate Support

We recognise that workplace violence can be a deeply traumatic experience. Our team provides compassionate support throughout the claims process. We’re here to answer your questions, ease your concerns, and offer the emotional support you may need as you seek justice and the compensation you deserve.

Workplace violence should never be something you simply tolerate. By understanding your rights, how to report incidents, and where to seek further help if needed, you’re taking back control. Remember, you have the right to a safe workplace.

Contact us today to speak to one of our claims agents who will be able to help you get started on your claim.

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