What are some examples of bullying behaviour, or workplace harassment?

Bullying behaviour can be obvious and aggressive. Examples could include:

  • Abusive, insulting or offensive language;
  • Behaviour or language that frightens, humiliates, belittles or degrades, including criticism that is delivered with yelling and screaming;
  • Teasing or regularly making someone the brunt of practical jokes;
  • Displaying material that is degrading or offending;
  • Spreading gossip, rumours and innuendo of a malicious nature.
  • Violence, assault and stalking are extreme forms of bullying that constitute a criminal offence. Such behaviour should be reported directly to the police.  Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Harmful or offensive initiation practices;
  • Physical assault or unlawful threats.

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