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Can I take legal action against a client for bullying I work

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can I take legal action against a client for bullying I work for my husband I answer the phone etc we have a client that is really spiteful and arrogant can I take this further he is very demanding ? I am scared to reply to him now because of the way he is thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Please can you provide some more information on what exactly this client has been doing and how long it has been going on for?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
we been working for him for about 4mth anyrhing all he done as conplaneed in , he demands stuff for yesterday if that make sence I feel because I'm dyslexic he picks on me personally with email
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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

OK thank you, ***** ***** it with me. I am in court today so will prepare my advice during the day and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It would be better to talk as I can explain better than writing sorry
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

I am unable to talk at the moment as I am in court today but please leave it with me and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Actually I may be able to talk shortly as will be driving, will make an offer now

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We will have to carry on with the email so away I can't afford to pay another £44
Can you help me please
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

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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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hello, do you need any further assistance or are you happy with the above response? Look forward to hearing from you.