What if an act of harassment is neither in relation to a group nor specifically directed at any individual?Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 7 December 2018
Q: The definition of harassment considers action toward an individual or group, but what if that action isn't in relation to a group, but not specifically directed to any individual?
Scott: We have an example. Say an employee A has a partner, niece, nephew, etc., of African descent. Another employee, B, regularly makes derogatory jokes about people of African descent with employee A. Employee A reports this. Obviously employee B can be disciplined in line with dignity at work. But could employee B subjected to disciplinary action under the harassment policy? Is there ever a time when harassment can be claimed when not specifically directed towards and individual?
Seamus: Well, this has been
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