Victimisation at work can manifest in a number of different ways. Bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are the three most common forms of victimisation that are noticed in the workplace, and there may be instances where you are being deliberately overloaded with work by an employer, manager or supervisor. All of these events can lead to a victimisation compensation claim when the situation gets out of hand – by which time you may be suffering from a stress-related illness, depression and have become socially withdrawn.
The company for which you work should have a health and safety policy to prevent such incidents occurring, and a “chain of command” through which you can air your grievances. Employers have a duty under the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe environment in which to work, and should they fail in their duty to protect you from bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination you are entitled to make a victimisation compensation claim. The same applies if you are constantly being allocated significant amounts of work which are beyond your capabilities, as employers are supposed to perform a risk assessment prior to allocating workloads.
The way in which each individual responds to stress caused by victimisation is unique, as stress can manifest in so many different ways. One common response is for the body to pump blood to the brain, denying other organs of the body the blood they need to function, and usually resulting in a loss of appetite and stomach disorders. Ultimately, the increased pressure on the heart to deliver vast quantities of blood to the brain causes it to stop working – leading to coronary heart disease.
Making a Victimisation Compensation Claim
For a victimisation compensation claim to be successful, it is necessary to ascertain that you have suffered some form of injury, so it is important that you see your doctor to have your symptoms of stress diagnosed before making a victimisation compensation claim. It is obviously much better to see your doctor before your symptoms develop into coronary heart disease, and he will be able to link your complaint to your work environment.
Thereafter, you should consult a solicitor in respect of making a victimisation claim. As your place of work is already a stressful environment, you do not want to add to your stress by directly filing a victimisation compensation claim against your employer – whose responsibility it was to prevent your victimisation! By using a solicitor you are more likely to avoid an awkward workplace confrontation.
To make it easier for you to find out more about the benefits of using a solicitor when making a victimisation compensation claim, we have set up a free advice telephone service. You are welcome to call 1800 989 995 between 8.00am and 10.00pm, seven days a week, and discuss your individual circumstances with a specialised personal injury claims solicitor and receive some impartial and helpful advice. All calls to our free advice line are completely confidential and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
We understand that you may apprehensive when you first call our free advice line as you may be considering making a victimisation compensation claim against your employer. However, we also acknowledge that you have been driven to take this course of action as your employer has failed to protect you in the workplace – a negligent act which has resulted in you sustaining an illness.
Therefore, we will be as considerate as possible and ask you to tell us the circumstances which led to the victimisation and what procedures you followed to bring this to the attention of senior management. It may be that you were unable to do so when your manager was the perpetrator of your victimisation, and that will have added to your stress.
Wherever possible, we will make a preliminary assessment of your victimisation compensation claim and advise you whether you have a case which is worth your while to pursue. If so, we will advise you what steps need to be taken in processing your victimisation compensation claim and how long this is likely to take.
If you have any questions that have not been covered in our discussion, please feel free to ask them at any stage. It may also be in your best interests to have them written down before you call our free advice line in order that everything you wish to ask is covered.
Your next step should be to give us a call and find out how best we can be of service. Our number is 1800 989 995, and if it is inconvenient to call us right away, please take advantage of our call-back service and enter your contact details into the contact form below. We can assure you of a dedicated and professional service.