Workplace bullying has become one of the most serious issues employers face today. In recent times, media reports of bullying at work have become increasingly common, raising awareness of this issue and, in all likelihood, causing more victims to come forward. These issues cannot be ignored or trivialized; if concerns of bullying and harassment are not handled properly, the consequences can be dire.
Most employers and employees are more aware than ever of the damage of workplace bullying and harassment. Even with today’s economic pressure to do more work with fewer resources, harassment and bullying must not be tolerated and, in fact, must be immediately addressed. At the same time, employers must be mindful of false allegations of harassment and ensure that they do not respond without proper investigation. Some employees confuse managing with bullying. Rudner MacDonald advises employers to address these issues in a proactive manner and, when facing specific instances, act quickly and decisively to remedy the situation. A neutral investigation conducted or guided by Rudner MacDonald can help employers to understand an allegation and plan the appropriate course of action, to help avoid liability for the extraordinary types of damages which may befall the employer who ignores or tolerates the situation.