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Violence at Work

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 11 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Violence Abuse Health And Safety Verbal

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) define work-related violence as 'any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.' This includes verbal abuse and threats, as well as any form of physical abuse.

Those most at risk are employees who work with members of the public. However it is important to remember that violence can also be perpetrated by fellow employees.

Duties of employers

Employers have a responsibility to their employees to make sure that they are reasonable safe at work.

Often when considering this duty, employers consider the need for work premises and any machinery to be safe. Whilst these are important considerations, employers must also consider the risk posed by other people employees will meet during the course of their employment.

Higher risk jobs (e.g. workers in care homes for adults suffering from mental illness) would be expected to have specifically assessed this risk and have specific policies and procedures in place to try to reduce the risk of and prevent violent incidents occurring. All employees should be trained on these procedures. If you have concerns, speak to your employer.

It is important that these procedures are reviewed regularly. Any accidents or near misses should be reported to your employer so that they can review whether any amendments are needed.

First steps following an incident

  1. If an incident occurs, promptly report it to your manager. If they don't investigate the incident, make sure that you make notes of what happened, write down the names of any witnesses, and take photos of the area and any injuries
  2. If you wish to pursue the matter as a criminal offence, ask your employer to report it to the police. If they don't do so, you can call the police yourself. (For non-emergency calls, contact the police on 101.)
  3. If you have concerns about the incident being repeated, discuss ways to prevent this with your manager

Criminal action

If any violence (from a member of the public, customer or colleague) is committed against you, consider whether it is a criminal offence. Forms of violence which constitute a criminal offence may include:

  • Use of racially abusive language
  • Threats to kill
  • Physical violence (e.g. punching / kicking, especially if injury is caused)

You may want to consider a civil action against your employer in the form of an employment law claim or an injury claim:

1. Employment law claim

If an employer fails to prevent violence at work, and you have to leave your job as a result, this could constitute a breach of contract and may result in a constructive dismissal claim.

For example: Your employer knows that a fellow employee regularly threatens you and does not take action to prevent the abuse. You are unable to work in those conditions and quit your job. This could be constructive dismissal and you could be entitled to compensation.

Seek advice from an employment law specialist or your local Citizens Advice Bureau if you are considering making an employment claim.

2. Injury claim

If you are injured as a result of violence at work, you may be able to make an injury claim against your employer. Injuries may be physical (e.g. bruising / broken nose) or mental (e.g. a diagnosed psychological condition such as anxiety or PTSD).

Your employer is responsible for ensuring your reasonable safety at work. If they have not taken appropriate action to do so, they may be found to have acted negligently and so be responsible for your injury. Employers are responsible for the actions of other employees, even if criminal. Therefore if, for example, another employee assaults you at work, your employer will be liable to compensate you for any injury suffered as a result.

If you are considering this route, speak to an injury law specialist or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Work-place violence: Everybody's problem

As you will see from the above, violence at work is a serious issue for employers. Not only can work-place violence lead to injured employees requiring time off work, but employers may end up with civil claims against them.

Employees can be assured that the law is very much on their side in terms of ensuring their safety at work, which extends to protection from violence. If you have any concerns, speak to your employer and hopefully you can work together to prevent any incidents occurring. However if any incident does occur and you are not happy with your employer's response to it, remember that you have several legal options open to you in order to resolve the situation.

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I was assaulted (punched in the face by another work colleague) at work by a guy from an agencie who has worked with the company for about 6months. Should he be dismissed from the work place/disciplinary? Its all on cctv and my boss was stood there when he frew the punches......
bob - 11-Sep-20 @ 6:19 PM
This is what happened to me. Sorry for the way it's written had to send it to someone but it explains it all. Keep in mind also I have a disability, rhematoid arthritis plus a heart condition and high blood pressure. Also bad anxiety. Hello, I need help, yesterday I was terminated and while my boss was telling me I'm terminated, which is funny cause I asked for a raise Friday, but anyways as I was bending to get my purse which I forgot that it was there, didn't have time to move it that morning, he physically pushed me, keep in mind I have rhematoid arthritis,heart condition and bad blood pressure that all this has infected it badly. I also have video proof of it. I want to go file a report but the problem is my husband still works there. Which probably won't be for long since they have been trying to push us out. The paperwork my boss gave me isnt truthful, I supposedly got wrote up for two things but I never once saw the paperwork to sign anything, never had a chance to decline to sign, one thing I was written up for didn't even happen. They said I hollered at the to be honest I don't even know what she is other than the owners wife. She has no title but able to make judgements. I have it on recording of us talking and I never once hollered at her. They even put the date wrong on the paperwork. I've only spoken to her 3 times. The other time she called me back with no one else and started to claim I wasn't doing my job, and when I tried to ask her what do they want me to do cause the reason I was getting behind on things was their fault. They didn't have the stuff to make the kits. I was helping others and told it wasn't my job but I was asked to do it from the manager at the time, we don't have any management anymore supposedly but I was asked to do it. Then she tells me I can't ask for help but then says I don't ask for help,she has no clue what we are doing there, since she doesn't actually work there, so when trying to explain anything she wouldn't listen, I called my husband in there to explain especially when she straight up lied about me hollering at her before. I was mad and I ain't going to say I didn't get attitude with her because she wouldn't listen. I have it on recording. I have rhematoid arthritis, high blood pressure and heart condition and she has caused me emotional distress, they both have, my boss also. Well all that happened, no one even brought up any paperwork to sign, or even said I was being wrote up. I even wrote my boss the next day asking him if he was going to let me go, that he do it and not her, he told me no and that things will be ok, not once did he ever say I needed to sign anything or that I was being wrote up. I even offered to give him the recording so he could hear what happened, he didn't ask for it. Everything seemed fine, no issue at all, she stayed away from me cause it was causing my anxiety and high blood pressure with her cause I didn't know what would happen next. That happe
Redivy - 10-Sep-20 @ 2:10 AM
This is what happened to me. Sorry for the way it's written had to send it to someone but it explains it all. Keep in mind also I have a disability, rhematoid arthritis plus a heart condition and high blood pressure. Also bad anxiety. Hello, I need help, yesterday I was terminated and while my boss was telling me I'm terminated, which is funny cause I asked for a raise Friday, but anyways as I was bending to get my purse which I forgot that it was there, didn't have time to move it that morning, he physically pushed me, keep in mind I have rhematoid arthritis,heart condition and bad blood pressure that all this has infected it badly. I also have video proof of it. I want to go file a report but the problem is my husband still works there. Which probably won't be for long since they have been trying to push us out. The paperwork my boss gave me isnt truthful, I supposedly got wrote up for two things but I never once saw the paperwork to sign anything, never had a chance to decline to sign, one thing I was written up for didn't even happen. They said I hollered at the to be honest I don't even know what she is other than the owners wife. She has no title but able to make judgements. I have it on recording of us talking and I never once hollered at her. They even put the date wrong on the paperwork. I've only spoken to her 3 times. The other time she called me back with no one else and started to claim I wasn't doing my job, and when I tried to ask her what do they want me to do cause the reason I was getting behind on things was their fault. They didn't have the stuff to make the kits. I was helping others and told it wasn't my job but I was asked to do it from the manager at the time, we don't have any management anymore supposedly but I was asked to do it. Then she tells me I can't ask for help but then says I don't ask for help,she has no clue what we are doing there, since she doesn't actually work there, so when trying to explain anything she wouldn't listen, I called my husband in there to explain especially when she straight up lied about me hollering at her before. I was mad and I ain't going to say I didn't get attitude with her because she wouldn't listen. I have it on recording. I have rhematoid arthritis, high blood pressure and heart condition and she has caused me emotional distress, they both have, my boss also. Well all that happened, no one even brought up any paperwork to sign, or even said I was being wrote up. I even wrote my boss the next day asking him if he was going to let me go, that he do it and not her, he told me no and that things will be ok, not once did he ever say I needed to sign anything or that I was being wrote up. I even offered to give him the recording so he could hear what happened, he didn't ask for it. Everything seemed fine, no issue at all, she stayed away from me cause it was causing my anxiety and high blood pressure with her cause I didn't know what would happen next. That happe
Redivy - 10-Sep-20 @ 2:03 AM
An employee at my job threatend another employee. By calling her boyfriend to beat the guy up over words. Now he shows up but nothing happen. The guys who was about to be assaulted doesn't know that was about to happen. I overheard the girls boyfriend saying he was guna assault the other guy so I told my manager. He said he would handle it. Now the guy still don't know about the incident even though it was about him. Does he need to know about the incident because my manager hasn't told him to not create a bigger mess. Doesn't the guy need to know wat happen???
Lost - 8-Sep-20 @ 9:46 PM
My son was terminated after he had informed his supervisor that he was intentionally hit by another employee. Postal Inspectors were contacted to do an investigation. His termination was effective the day of the incident, instead of being effective when the investigation was completed. The inspectors informed us that the incident was inconclusive. From this I would have been under the impression that they couldn't verify or deny an incident occurred. Should he still have been terminated?
MissG - 27-Aug-20 @ 11:28 AM
I have been bullied by my coworker for around 3 months now, calling me names like "pedophile," "nazi," "thief," "scavenger," "c**t," "racist," while shouting and screaming at me. Nothing this person says is true, simply saying these things to be spiteful. I didn't want to go into work or be around this person at all and I struggled to work on my projects because of them. Recently it took a turn for the worst when this person decided to get physical with me. They dropped their phone into a bag of sick on accident because someone in the office was ill, instead of cleaning their phone they went into a rage and charged at me, grabbed my arm so I couldn't resist and began smearing my arm with puke that they had on their phone. I was trying to get away but I was being restrained, I then slapped the person to get them off of me as I was sat down on a computer and couldn't push them, they walked back for a second and then began to throw punches and kicks at me when I stood up. I had to restrain the person by holding their arms and put them onto the ground so they wouldn't kick me. My boss comes into the room to refuse the situation and agrees that this person was in the wrong. Instead of leaving it at that, the person decides to phone the police and claim assault for me slapping them, despite all that his person did, I suspect it's because they knew they were going to get fired (they were on their last warning for bullying in the workplace and generally being late). Now because the police are involved my boss feels like he NEEDS to fire me too despite the fact he really doesn't want to. Is this fair? I feels like there's nothing I can do, this person has been eroding my mental health for months and has now taken my career away simply because I retaliated once and they called the police. What do I do?
JamesN - 20-Aug-20 @ 3:30 AM
I have been bullied by my coworker for around 3 months now, calling me names like "pedophile," "nazi," "thief," "scavenger," "c**t," "racist," while shouting and screaming at me. Nothing this person says is true, simply saying these things to be spiteful. I didn't want to go into work or be around this person at all and I struggled to work on my projects because of them. Recently it took a turn for the worst when this person decided to get physical with me. They dropped their phone into a bag of sick on accident because someone in the office was ill, instead of cleaning their phone they went into a rage and charged at me, grabbed my arm so I couldn't resist and began smearing my arm with puke that they had on their phone. I was trying to get away but I was being restrained, I then slapped the person to get them off of me as I was sat down on a computer and couldn't push them, they walked back for a second and then began to throw punches and kicks at me when I stood up. I had to restrain the person by holding their arms and put them onto the ground so they wouldn't kick me. My boss comes into the room to refuse the situation and agrees that this person was in the wrong. Instead of leaving it at that, the person decides to phone the police and claim assault for me slapping them, despite all that his person did, I suspect it's because they knew they were going to get fired (they were on their last warning for bullying in the workplace and generally being late). Now because the police are involved my boss feels like he NEEDS to fire me too despite the fact he really doesn't want to. Is this fair? I feels like there's nothing I can do, this person has been eroding my mental health for months and has now taken my career away simply because I retaliated once and they called the police. What do I do?
JamesN - 20-Aug-20 @ 3:27 AM
I have been bullied by my coworker for around 3 months now, calling me names like "pedophile," "nazi," "thief," "scavenger," "c**t," "racist," while shouting and screaming at me. Nothing this person says is true, simply saying these things to be spiteful. I didn't want to go into work or be around this person at all and I struggled to work on my projects because of them. Recently it took a turn for the worst when this person decided to get physical with me. They dropped their phone into a bag of sick on accident because someone in the office was ill, instead of cleaning their phone they went into a rage and charged at me, grabbed my arm so I couldn't resist and began smearing my arm with puke that they had on their phone. I was trying to get away but I was being restrained, I then slapped the person to get them off of me as I was sat down on a computer and couldn't push them, they walked back for a second and then began to throw punches and kicks at me when I stood up. I had to restrain the person by holding their arms and put them onto the ground so they wouldn't kick me. My boss comes into the room to refuse the situation and agrees that this person was in the wrong. Instead of leaving it at that, the person decides to phone the police and claim assault for me slapping them, despite all that his person did, I suspect it's because they knew they were going to get fired (they were on their last warning for bullying in the workplace and generally being late). Now because the police are involved my boss feels like he NEEDS to fire me too despite the fact he really doesn't want to. Is this fair? I feels like there's nothing I can do, this person has been eroding my mental health for months and has now taken my career away simply because I retaliated once and they called the police. What do I do?
JamesN - 20-Aug-20 @ 3:27 AM
I have been bullied by my coworker for around 3 months now, calling me names like "pedophile," "nazi," "thief," "scavenger," "c**t," "racist," while shouting and screaming at me. Nothing this person says is true, simply saying these things to be spiteful. I didn't want to go into work or be around this person at all and I struggled to work on my projects because of them. Recently it took a turn for the worst when this person decided to get physical with me. They dropped their phone into a bag of sick on accident because someone in the office was ill, instead of cleaning their phone they went into a rage and charged at me, grabbed my arm so I couldn't resist and began smearing my arm with puke that they had on their phone. I was trying to get away but I was being restrained, I then slapped the person to get them off of me as I was sat down on a computer and couldn't push them, they walked back for a second and then began to throw punches and kicks at me when I stood up. I had to restrain the person by holding their arms and put them onto the ground so they wouldn't kick me. My boss comes into the room to refuse the situation and agrees that this person was in the wrong. Instead of leaving it at that, the person decides to phone the police and claim assault for me slapping them, despite all that his person did, I suspect it's because they knew they were going to get fired (they were on their last warning for bullying in the workplace and generally being late). Now because the police are involved my boss feels like he NEEDS to fire me too despite the fact he really doesn't want to. Is this fair? I feels like there's nothing I can do, this person has been eroding my mental health for months and has now taken my career away simply because I retaliated once and they called the police. What do I do?
JamesN - 20-Aug-20 @ 3:21 AM
Discription of incident: My former boss asked my husband to come downstairs After having a verbal confrontation to have a Meeting with him and the manager. I stood on the stairs listening because our former employer is a black belt in judo and is known for being verbally violent with employees and physically violent with his own family members. I watched and listened as our young manager who is our former employer’s daughterStart to yell at my husband. I heard her yell “I didn’t ask to be the manager”, then my husband yelled that’s not my fault. She got mad grabbed something off her desk and threw it at my husband. That’s when i jumped in and my former employer blocked me from his daughter and I yelled don’t you ever f”n do that to my husband. She then said “What you gonna do about it? Yah that’s right nothing, can’t your husband handle his own problems” . As I was being blocked and yelled again you have no f”n right to do that. He grabbed me and did a judo throw on me which in turn I hit the floor concrete and door. He left me there and went to grab my husband. My husband then said “ What the f” are you doing ? This is assault, we can sue you. He let go and backed up quickly. My husband grabbed me and we started walking up the stairs and our manager yelled “your done your gone and there’s nothing you can do about it!” We then went straight to the hospital to get me checked out. I filed assault charges against this toxic boss but just got a letter it’s been dismissed so messed up! The whole time the police officer we thought would help me was our ex employer good Friend how corrupt is that! The cop filed a false police report and the prosecuting attorney dismissed the whole thing. Any advise what do I do?
Leka - 21-Jul-20 @ 7:35 AM
Two weeks ago my guard caused a dangerous situation that resulted in a hypordermic needle being pulled out on him. I intervened to protect him and the general public, as a result my company has taken me to disciplinary for gross misconduct. I removed the needle safely and with minimum restraint, I do not know what else I could have done to keep everybody safe.
harddoneby - 13-Jul-20 @ 8:35 AM
I worked for my previous employer for 31 years and throughout my years of service I was physically and verbally abused by my boss. He would punch me to the arms, pull my ears and pinch my nipples. A's well as the physical abuse, here would verbally insult and humiliate me in front of my colleagues. I had to hand in my notice when he took on a young man who had a conviction for downloading vile images of children . That was my perfect excuse to leave as my eldest son and his wife lost their first child and I was disgusted with the fact that they would take on a paedophile. Since leaving the company I have had terrible recurring nightmares about my boss and am now taking antidepressants for depression.
Nobby - 23-Jun-20 @ 8:51 PM
I was working my job training a coworker as a security dispatcher at a refinery...3 weeks into traing my trainee was falling behind as usual taking nothing serious. I GUESS I SPOKE IN AN AUTHORITATIVE WAY AND HE RESPONDED "" you raise your voice to me again and I'm gonna bust you up"" ..As time went I could not work with this man and managments move was to have another worker between us as we relieved one another..Needless to say my stomach was in knots daily when we realieved one another,I had no idea what to expect( not knowing if I had to be ready to protect myself daiy) One day an alarm went off about an injured coworker and unlike myself I reacted tentatively ( being interacting with him was still on my mind) I fell short on one of my duties and was terminated..[ may I say that this has never happened on a job before and not knowing how my daily interaction would be always had me on edge] A few days later this man was removed from his position and i believe if it was done immediately after the threat my performance would have been on par not fearing to arrive for a fight would not be in my head...btw I am 61 and this individual is 30... As stated I was fired and since the first interaction I have lost weight become depressedand down on myself as I have never been. .......
rob - 21-Jun-20 @ 12:08 AM
Had what i thought was a reasonable discussion at work anyway the fella has ended up swearing his head off at me and walked off. Ive followed him into the warehouse and was assaulted with a 1ltr bottle of moto mix and headbutted. We was both sent home. Where do i stand in regards to compensation or criminal procedures
Brown - 13-May-20 @ 3:58 PM
I was to bullied at work more then three times verbal abuse gets to you its hurtful being screamed at shouted at for no reason there was one incident were I had the shop manager talk behind my back and really demeaned me publicly humiliated me in front of others she was much older then me I left my mental health and well being is more important then having a manager doing that to workers and or to staff. Bullying in the work force needs to be dealt with no one should ever bully and get away with it. No matter who you are manager or supervisor no one has got a right to be nasty and horrible towards anyone. It doesnt cost anything to be respectful and considerate towards others. I had another supervisor when I worked in a kitchen as a kitchen assistant volunteering work it was fine for few months but then someone made a commet at work it was the supervisor that made a horrible vile comment about the way I looked and my height it was deeply offensive rude commet this went on for few weeks it came across that she saw me as a threat the final straw was when she shouted abuse at me inside the kitchen in front of other workers and staff that was the final straw. I had to report her she was reported and I then I had to leave I wasnt going to let someone talk to me like that. I left and never looked back. She was reported to the manager nothing else was said or done I did what I had to do I reported her to the company that sent me there and I told them what she was like with me and that she made unprofessional commets causing great offence to me about my body weight and height I said I felt embarrassed and really humiliated it was bad enough saying it to me it was said in front of others to I felt small stupid and just myself esteem went my confidence went no one should ever make you feel in that way.
Lil - 13-May-20 @ 4:27 AM
A work collegue has been very abusive last couple of months and recently threatened to burn my van down flat etc ive been the one constantly walking away from confrontation...he's the type of person that will want a fight any chance he gets..iam too smart for it...bosses don't care I've mentioned a few times Iam having trouble...they won't do anything..so i have to resign to negate the negative situation 3 years I've been there last 5 months have been hell...i use to look forward to going to work but now its horrible any advice would be much appreciated
John - 25-Mar-20 @ 12:41 AM
I have assualted by an employee whe I was exercising my duties in my capacity. The official enter in my office rudely while I was with my colleague helping each other with work cases,and she grab my personal car keys and left with them. After a while, I went to her to the area where she was sitting begging my keys, she denied that she never took keys. I tell the official,she must not take bad advantage on me, she responded with a vulgar language. I send the official that she was sitting with her to ask my key. The official did not respond instead she signed down quietly. The official took my keys pack her bags and go through the entrance. I reported to securities that the official took my car keys and denied when I ask them. I ask them to search thoroughly all the people going out and in. The official wanted to go out refused to be searched. Ì went to the entrance to speak with her, while, I speak to her, she pushed me, I was wearing high heel shoes, I hold to her dress as I was scared to fall and get injured, her dress ripped off. She beat me and the securities came to separate her to me as she grab my dress. She refuse to be separated until my colleague came and hold her, and, I sustained injured. I went to my office. After a while my colleague came with my car keys. I ask one question to him, where do you find my keys? He responded that, from the officialbag. That was the most terrible pain i expirienced ever since i got employed. Got provoked and distracted.
Theo - 23-Mar-20 @ 7:27 AM
Hi a week ago a collegue came into my face very agressive shouting at me made me feel so scared i reacted and pushed him away he came back again screaming and shouting at me pushed me flying i walked away he followed still shouting at me wouldnt leave me alone he also swore at a manager and had a row before this on bus with another collegue i had meeting with area manager who has stated i aggrivated it and its my fault i should of allowed him to make me feel this way and my fault he swore at manager shes also said shes not happy he got suspended as hes a hardworker and does overtime so im feeling alone now and scared its going to hr there was a witness and wrote me a letter appologising he was wrong but that doesnt matter i feel because he can do overtime where i carnt as single mom i am now made to feel its all my fault i carnt sleep so emotional and dont no where to turn
Casper - 14-Mar-20 @ 7:21 PM
I have a metal plate in my head and was assulted at work. She slapped my head 4 times. After this was outside and she started swearing so i did after she did. I have only got two witnesses and she has new people who have started. They dont knowme so they are doing what she says. And knowthey are saying i couldbe in trouble for swearing.this is not right as she assaulted me and she starting swearing first. What do you think about this
Andy s - 23-Feb-20 @ 6:05 PM
An employee at one of our customers site loses his calm quite easily and takes it out verbally and passive aggressively. I was screamed at and abusive language was used at one such incident which I report to my Director and he did that he spoke to the customer and requested an apology and assurance that this would not happen again. However, last week when I was working with the same client again he started shouting and throwing his tools in a fit. As this incident happened more than once I was very upset and reported it to my manager and requested that I was not comfortable working form that customer. Just after a day later my manager managed to get me to agree to work in for the same customer (different person) again even after knowing what had happened, by claiming that I am an employee and I cannot choose I can and cannot work with. What should I do?
Mi - 8-Feb-20 @ 12:43 AM
I was verbally abused and threatened by a work colleague. I have raised a grievance but i have a feeling i will b looking for a new job. Is there anything i can do sk that ut proves hes in the wrong and it sld b him changing jobs not me. I have been so scared, tearful, feeling sick. Hes still has not been suspended even though there's CCTV evidence. What can i do
Jay - 2-Feb-20 @ 10:15 PM
My husband works for a company that travels across the uk, he was working away in Ireland when he was assaulted by a colleague he was sharing a hotel room with. This guy grabbed my husband by the throat and pinned him to the floor and punched him to the head. My husband didn't fight back and was left with a bump on his head and a headache lasting several hours. The owner of the business as been informed and hes rang and spoke with other member of the team and apparently because my husband had been watching tv load and didn't close the bathroom door this gives the guy the right to punch my husband to the head nothing else as been said and it appears ni further actions will be taken. This is not the 1st time my husband had to put a formal complaint a few months ago because of the constant bullying he receives. I'm at the end of my tether and wish he would just leave. Any advice welcome
Pheonix82 - 24-Jan-20 @ 4:14 PM
I was threatened w violence and verbally abused by an outer service provider during work hours on work premises. I pmed my employer straight after the event. My employer has now asked for me to attend a serious misconduct meeting as the manager on the day claimed I started the argument.. The service provider demanded money from me for a cash job he did for a friend of mine. It looks as tho I may lose my job. Concerned.
864gts - 26-Dec-19 @ 4:08 AM
Hi Iv had to Incidents work where a customer keeps coming in and threatening me wouldn’t leave I had to call the police so it’s been lodged. I went to my boss With a report of what happened and nothing . I don’t feel safe about going work as he can come in at any time . What do I do about this
Drew - 6-Dec-19 @ 3:37 PM
How do HM Revenue & Customs get away with bullying and harassing staff ?
Calling Out The Corr - 4-Dec-19 @ 12:33 PM
What about psychological bullying such as what I suffered for about a decade working for HM Revenue & Customs? A bullying manager sent her boyfriend round to intimidate when her bullying was near to being calkedout. I regret not reporting her harassment to the police, especially as I was bullied out as part of a wider bullying campaign (losing my health, career & home in the process). What made it even worse was HMRC management and HR covered it all up, causing even more harm to me and leaving me suicidal. Anyone else experienced the infamous HMRC bullying culture?
Anon - 2-Dec-19 @ 8:40 PM
a colleague had threaten to kill me, once i informed it to the Managing Director he said just drop it, ill have a chat with him. what should i do?
abdi - 21-Nov-19 @ 7:35 PM
A rift between a colleague and I had been brewing for a few weeks, I have tried to talk to the 3rd party but he flat refused to engage in conversation. As the situation started to affect the business and customers I brought it to the managers attention. I believe the manager spoke to the 3rd party in question but unsure what was said and or agreed, this was 5 days ago. Today an issue arose, whilst trying to sort it out with two of other colleagues he started singing and making silly immature comments about the situation. Once the problem had been rectified I asked a colleague what was all that about, him singing stupid things n that ? Unsaid that could cause a complaint to head office and could hurt us financially too, the 3rd party was in ear shot and shouted very aggressively if you have something to say, say it to my face or come here and I'll drop ya, ya c**t (apologies). He's a 6"4 20st rugby player with skin head and big beard, all told I was/am intimidated and don't know if I want to go to work tomorrow.
Mi77er - 13-Nov-19 @ 8:11 PM
I had two instances where I was in a similar situation. One situation happened in late March of 2019 and it was based on a coworker who went up to me and started yelling at me and getting in my face, literally, he almost kissed me, is how close he was. He cussed me out for no reason since I have not had problems with him. I let my manager and hr know if the incident and hr did not do anything about it and yet my manager told me I should consider leaving since she thinks and says she can’t do anything to apprehend my coworker. I quit because I felt like my self being was in danger. I tried to see if I could get any compensation from that because I didn’t expect it to come out of nowhere from the guy. Right now I have a manager who is subbing in as a manager and he told me once that he was gonna stab me and as I replied “excuse me” he says it again. He recently as of today meant a gesture as if he was going to hit me as I moved out of the way for him to walk by since we were both walking towards each other. He then turns around and noticed that I didn’t flinch and asked if I was grumpy. Me knowing that he just threatened to hit me physically answered “oh no it’s just morning so I’m a little serious” just to cool down the situation. He replied with “ it’s morning every morning” as in making fun of my remark. I faked a little smile to get him off my back. What can I do for any of these two situations. Probably knowing that the late March situation is a little too late but I don’t want my current situation to escalate more.
Reasons96 - 29-Oct-19 @ 9:31 PM
I had two instances where I was in a similar situation. One situation happened in late March of 2019 and it was based on a coworker who went up to me and started yelling at me and getting in my face, literally, he almost kissed me, is how close he was. He cussed me out for no reason since I have not had problems with him. I let my manager and hr know if the incident and hr did not do anything about it and yet my manager told me I should consider leaving since she thinks and says she can’t do anything to apprehend my coworker. I quit because I felt like my self being was in danger. I tried to see if I could get any compensation from that because I didn’t expect it to come out of nowhere from the guy. Right now I have a manager who is subbing in as a manager and he told me once that he was gonna stab me and as I replied “excuse me” he says it again. He recently as of today meant a gesture as if he was going to hit me as I moved out of the way for him to walk by since we were both walking towards each other. He then turns around and noticed that I didn’t flinch and asked if I was grumpy. Me knowing that he just threatened to hit me physically answered “oh no it’s just morning so I’m a little serious” just to cool down the situation. He replied with “ it’s morning every morning” as in making fun of my remark. I faked a little smile to get him off my back. What can I do for any of these two situations. Probably knowing that the late March situation is a little too late but I don’t want my current situation to escalate more.
Reasons96 - 28-Oct-19 @ 11:14 PM
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