Hi, thanks for getting back to me. Whilst potentially this could amount to slander, this is a very complex and expensive process and it is certainly not something I would recommend you pursue in the circumstances. You are easily looking at a five figure sum just to process this through the courts, without any guarantee of success. Even if you win, you cannot just expect the other person to pay any compensation you may be awarded and if they refuse you would then have to apply certain enforcement methods which will inevitably increase the costs further. So realistically this is not really something which should be pursued as a slander claim.
In terms of bullying, this is unfortunately something that happens all too often in the workplace. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) defines bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.” Whatever form it takes, it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual subjected to it.
Under law, specifically the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, an employer has a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees. In addition, they have the implied contractual duty to provide a safe and suitable working environment. That includes preventing, or at least effectively dealing with bullying behaviour occurring in the workplace.
In terms of what the victim of bullying can do to try and deal with such problems, the following steps are recommended:
In general, a victim should try and gather as much evidence as possible before considering making a formal complaint and certainly before going down the resignation route. As bullying often takes verbal form, the best way is to keep a detailed diary of all bullying occasions so that there is at least some reference in written form that the employer and/or the tribunal can refer to.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you