Bullying in the work place has been identified as a major issue, particularly in larger working environments.
Bullying can be any hurtful remark with respect to your family, sex, sexuality, gender identity, race, culture, education, or economic background, and can be any type of discrimination, including sexual discrimination.
Not all negative things within a workplace can be construed as bullying. For example, an employee may be transferred, demoted, or terminated, so long as an employer acts reasonably, and follows the relevant provisions of the employment contract, the award or the Enterprise Agreement.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety, and the well being of their employees whilst at work. This means that at law, an employer, including the managers or directors of the employer, could be liable in negligence, should that employer fail to meet that duty.
Employers should adopt policies, and conduct regular (at least yearly) training to ensure that their employees know their obligations to behave appropriately, and in accordance with the workplace policies.
In the event that you have issues in your workplace, seeking early legal advice may assist you to avoid legal proceedings and indeed, put in place measures to improve productivity and the environment in your workplace.