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Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for?
hi Ben ive ben their for ten yesrs
Hi, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied last night. It is not correct by the employer to state that if you are off sick from work you should not be doing the course at the same time. The reasons for your sickness could be work-related or could only prevent you from doing your job, without affecting other activities such as the course. For example, you could be off with stress brought on by work and find it therapeutic to do something else to get your mind off this issue, such as by continuing with the course. I also do not know what legislation she is referring to when she says she can use that to stop you from doing the degree, there is nothing I can think of that would do this so you may wish to ask for more details on that, unless she is just bluffing.
From what you have described I would say that you are likely the victim of bullying, which 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.
I hope this clarifies your position? If you could please quickly let me know that would be great, as it is important for us to keep track of customer satisfaction. Thank you
you are most welcome, all the best