Danger: UK at Work!

Cowling M, Sinclair A | Working Paper WP10 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jan 2007

With the Lords ruling allowing employees to sue their bosses for negligence if they are subject to violence or harassment at work, IES questioned whether UK employers were facing a potential glut of litigation in the courts from distressed employees.

Our evidence showed that the UK had a very poor record in comparison to most core EU countries on violence and intimidation in the workplace, although it had cleaned up its act to a degree since the very violent 1990s.

The evidence also suggested that employers should act decisively, and now, to prevent a wave of court cases under the new legislation. If they fail to address these issues they are potentially open to litigation from upwards of four million UK workers.