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Employment: Bullying

Question for Department for Education

UIN 105558, tabled on 6 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Government Department is responsible for collecting reports of (a) anti-Semitic, (b) Islamophobic, (c) racist and (d) homophobic bullying in the work place.

Answered on

16 October 2017

The Government does not systematically collect such reports but the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the independent public body sponsored by the Government Equalities Office, is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of equality and human rights legislation.

The Commission’s report ‘How Fair is Britain?’ (2010) and follow up research report 74 (“Public authority commitment and action to eliminate targeted harassment and violence”) included data about unlawful harassment in the workplace.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provides advice on employment rights and workplace disputes. Its study, ‘Seeking better solutions: tackling bullying and ill-treatment in Britain's workplaces’ (2015) looked at the latest research on workplace bullying.