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WFH Takes a Toll as UK Workplace Bullying Claims Surge

  • Bullying allegations jumped 44% year-on-year, study finds
  • Messaging apps, video calls may be contributing to problem
U.K. Domestic Space Re-tooled By Rising Work-From-Home Edicts
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WFH may not be working for everyone. A record number of bullying claims have featured in lawsuits at the UK’s employment courts over the past year, in a sign that while working from home is welcomed by many, it’s also contributing to tensions for others.

Employment tribunals, which hear actions brought against employers by workers, saw a 44% surge in cases that included bullying allegations, according to employment law firm Fox & Partners. The number jumped to 835 suits in the 12 months through the end of March, compared with 581 in the previous period. Employees can’t sue employers directly for bullying but can include it under discrimination or whistle-blowing claims.