I hate bullying of any description and every time I see this issue crop up in the media it honestly makes me sick. Bullying is traditionally associated with school children but we are hearing more and more of bullying occurring in the so-called ADULT world in which we are supposed to live, post-18. It's beyond me that it's managed to spill over into workplace culture and now it's become a serious issue with real, legal implications.
Are you the victim of a workplace bully currently? Perhaps you're a victim and you're totally unaware of it. Either way, you've got legal rights and The Guardian have written an article to help keep you informed and give you an idea of the kind of action you could take if chose to go down the legal route:
There is no legal definition of bullying. Acas, however, defines workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person being bullied”. The Health and Safety Executive emphasises this is a pattern of behaviour rather than isolated instances, happening “repeatedly and persistently over time”. There is also the concept of “harassment” which, unlike bullying, is defined in the Equality Act 2010. This specifically amounts to unwanted conduct relating to a protected characteristic that has the purpose of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. The relevant protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. A one-off incident can amount to harassment.