How should the bully be dealt with?

Your employer should:

  • tell the bully about the allegations;
  • give them a chance to reply and state their case;
  • give them the right to be accompanied by a fellow worker or union rep;
  • deal with them fairly and objectively, remembering that:
    • there are two sides to every story;
    • a penalty should be proportionate to the offence; and
    • a bully may not have understood the impact of their behaviour on others and may be capable of improvement if offered training and support;
  • follow its own disciplinary policy and act fairly in dealing with the alleged bully; and
  • follow its disciplinary procedure when deciding what penalty to apply – this may include a range of penalties such as a formal warning, transferring the bully away from contact with the person he or she has targeted, compulsory training or demotion.
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