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Howes Percival warns Norfolk employers of need to deal with harassment claims “quickly and effectively”

Paula Bailey, partner and employment law expert at Howes Percival. Picture: Steve Hodgkin/Chadwicks

Paula Bailey, partner and employment law expert at Howes Percival. Picture: Steve Hodgkin/Chadwicks

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A Norwich-based law firm is urging employers to review their practices on inappropriate behaviour following a slew of high-profile allegations.

Howes Percival is reminding employers of employers of their responsibility to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace – and the liability they could face for employees’ suffering.

Ex-defence secretary Michael Fallon, Radio 5 Live presenter George Riley, and former England women’s football manager Mark Sampson are among those to have been penalised following recent harassment claims.

Paula Bailey, partner at Howes Percival, said: “Employers should take a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment in the workplace, and they should be mindful that one employee’s ‘office banter’ 
may be considered offensive harassment by another.

“Dealing with complaints quickly and effectively is key to restoring positive morale and productivity.”

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