You will find it hard to read a newspaper or news site from the last few weeks without seeing the word ‘harassment’. Tales of harassment in Hollywood, notably the scandals surrounding Harvey Weinstein and, more recently, Louis C.K, and in our very own political circles have been rife and well-known personalities have been brought to the limelight in a different way; being faced with accusations that they have harassed others or abused their positions of power within their respective circles.
But what constitutes harassment and is there a way you can protect yourself if you find yourself in a position where you have been, or are being harassed?
Harassment is defined as any course of behaviour that happens on two or more occasions that causes you distress or alarm. This can vary from receiving distressing messages to nuisance phone calls and increasing in severity to unwanted sexual advances in or out of the workplace. There has been a huge trend in the wake of the recent news of people coming forward with their own experiences, with many using the Twitter hashtag #metoo demonstrating how widespread the issue really is. It has in fact become apparent that many did not realise that the positions they had been unfortunately placed in constituted harassment until they read other people’s experiences.
There are many ways in which you can protect yourself. Griffin Law is experienced in obtaining injunctions through the courts to protect individuals from harassing behaviour, in many cases caused by ex-partners seeking to deliberately cause them harm or distress. An injunction can, for example, prohibit them from coming within a certain distance and from communicating, or causing others to communicate with them further. Should they fail to abide by the terms of the injunction, it is possible they could face imprisonment.
If you are a victim of harassment in the workplace it is important to speak out and formally report the behaviour internally. Your employers will have their own policies and procedures in place to deal with these issues and they are legally obligated to investigate them appropriately.
No matter where or how you have been harassed, there are ways you can protect yourself and those close to you from suffering further, whether that is by speaking to your employers, calling a solicitor, or if the behaviour is such that you feel as though you or your family are in physical danger, by calling the police. Griffin Law can work with you to put a stop to these actions quickly.
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