Clayton’s bullies

Written on the 9 September 2009

EMPLOYERS are scrambling to protect themselves from redundancies through contrived or exaggerated workplace allegations.

The current climate of job uncertainty has contributed to a trend that may come as a surprise to employers – an increase in the number of bullying claims and in particular false claims, according to Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

Managing partner Joydeep Hor, has identified an increase in false bullying claims by workers made redundant with harassment claims now at their highest levels.

“When employees feel that their employment is threatened, many feel cornered and helpless and some even decide to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves,” says Hor.

“Given the often high-profile nature of bullying and harassment cases and the negative impact on a company’s reputation, employees can see the bargaining power a claim like this might bring and they hope the claim will mark them ‘off-limits’ for any future redundancies.

“Previous downturns would not have seen anywhere near the same number of claims of bullying and harassment. Reporting of workplace bullying has steadily increased over the past 10 years as employees are better educated about these issues and have better avenues to report cases. However, coupled with the current economic downturn and feelings of job insecurity, the claims have now reached new heights as employees seek to bolster and protect their position in the organisation.”

Hor says many of the false claims can be subtly made by employees wishing to shift focus or scrutiny to other staff or managers.

“Rather than making outright allegations of bullying, employees may simply alert a manager or employer to an incident or conduct which could be construed as bullying. That then puts the onus on their superior to escalate the issue, leaving the employee feeling less implicated,” he says.claim is false or otherwise.


Latest News

VITA GROUP POSTS STEADY RESULTS DESPITE ROUGH YEAR

IT'S no secret Vita Group (ASX: VTG) has had a testing year, however the company has still managed to deliver ...

KOGAN BREAKS FORECASTS IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF PUBLICLY LISTED TRADE

RAISING the bar high in its first year as a publicly listed company, Kogan.com (ASX: KGN) has smashed its forecast...

CAMPLIFY MOTORS INTO THE UK MARKET

CARAVAN hire and RV sharing community Camplify has made its move in the European market, establishing its first op...

COCHLEAR R&D INVESTMENT DRIVES NEW PRODUCTS AND BOOSTS PROFIT AND REVENUE

COCHLEAR (ASX: COH) has boosted its 2017 full year net profit by 18 percent to $223.6 million and has forecast furthe...

Related News

WESFARMERS BOOKS BUMPER PROFIT BUT SUPERMARKET WAR HITS COLES' BOTTOM LINE

SUPERMARKET giant Coles has posted its biggest slide in earnings since it was acquired by Wesfarmers (ASX: WES) 10 ye...

ANALYSTS PREDICT WHAT AUSSIE LIVING IS LIKELY TO BECOME IN THE NEXT CENTURY

AS THE Australian population continues to grow, analysts are predicting what the country is likely to look like wi...

SEVEN WEST REPORTS MASSIVE LOSS AND CUTS CEO TIM WORNER'S PAY PACKET BY $450K

SEVEN West Media (ASX: SWM) has posted a full-year loss of $744.3 million and cut CEO Tim Worner's pay packet by ...

HOW MAKING MISTAKES AND PASSION SCORED WEIGHT LOSS PARTNERS A DEAL WITH SHARK TANK'S JANINE ALLIS

THEY partnered up to provide a scientific and targeted approach to dieting, and Kate Save and Geoff Draper cut Sha...

BOOK YOUR FUNCTION SPACE HERE

 

 

 

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter