Bullying and Harassment in the Military

Advice and Assistance from Cohen Cramer

Bullying and Harassment in the Military. If you have been subjected to bullying or harassment whilst serving in the Armed Forces then you may be entitled to compensation.

We often see cases of bullying and harassment at all levels within the Armed Forces.  The Ministry of Defence has a duty of care to protect service personnel from degrading treatment.  They have a responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe and dignity is respected.

Bullying can include a number of different behaviors including humiliation, degrading and offensive comments.  You must be able to prove negligence in order for a claim to succeed.  Employers (or those in control of your working arrangements) may ultimately be responsible without you having to prove fault in certain circumstances.

Harassment covers a whole range of behaviours including hostile, humiliating, or offensive conduct towards another person.   For a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to succeed there has to be a course of conduct designed to cause alarm or distress.  The conduct must satisfy the criminal standard of proof.

Stress at work claims requires a claimant to prove a number of different factors in order to succeed.  One of the tests requires a claimant to prove the employer knew or ought to have known of the risk of psychiatric injury occurring.  This is often very difficult in the absence of strong evidence.  There are lots of occupations that are deemed very stressful to work in but that does not automatically mean that you would be entitled to compensation for negligence.

Time limits

If you feel you have been treated unfairly at work and have suffered a personal injury then strict time limits apply.  Claims for personal injury must be brought within 3 years of the date from when the incident or incident(s) started.  For claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 the time limit is 6 years applies from the date of the first incident.

At Cohen Cramer Solicitors we have a specialist team of legal advisors who can assist you in establishing your legal rights to compensation for bullying, harassment, and stress at work.  We will deal with your enquiry in a sensitive and understanding manner.

For a full assessment and overview of your claim get in touch with us today.

Call Diane Davison on 0113 224 7837
Email: mc@cohencramer.co.uk