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Please can you provide some more information on what exactly this client has been doing and how long it has been going on for?
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I will answer you here for now. Bullying is not something you can just take legal action against. Even if you were an employee and bullied, the law does not allow a direct action for this. You will have to consider other ways to try and take this further.
For example, there is the law of harassment, which could be both a civil matter and a criminal one. The law states that a person must not pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another and which he or she knows or ought to know amounts to harassment. Although there is no definition of what specifically amounts to harassment, it would usually include alarming a person or causing them distress and must have occurred on at least two occasions.
You also have to consider what effects this may have on the business relationship – taking legal action could result in your contract being terminated as he does not have to carry on working with you.
Therefore, you may wish to reconsider whether you want to sue straight away or try to resolve this another way first. For example your husband can approach the client on your behalf and express his disappointment of how you are being treated and state that this will not be tolerated any further.
However, if that does not help and things continue then you do have the option of taking it further under harassment legislation but do try and use that as a last resort.
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