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Workplace Harassment – Bullying

Workplace Harassment – New Legal Changes

Harassment in the workplace has always been a big talking point amongst workers and management alike. It is a touchy subject but does need airtime.


Recently, the law was adjusted in terms of dealing with harassment in the workplace, adding broader approaches. The changes to the Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace deal with:
🟑 how to deal with extra sick leave and trauma counselling
🟑 belittling comments
🟑 racial harassment
🟑 stereotyping
🟑 will cover people who work from home and dealing with work-related communication
🟑 domestic workers are included here now too
🟑 harassment by bosses and by colleagues, visitors and clients
🟑 it covers surveillance of employees without their knowledge
🟑 passive-aggressive behaviour, which has to do with what you do with your facial expressions
🟑 as well as negative commenting and sarcasm


So, one can see that the law deals with so much more than β€œcries of rape” or β€œhe touched me” claims – it delves into the more profound and often overlooked aspects of all that entails harassment.
Taken from the Government Gazette, 18 March 2022 – β€œThe South African Constitution protects the rights to dignity, equality, and fair labour practices in terms of the Bill of Rights. South Africa is committed to the elimination, prevention, and management of all forms of harassment, including gender-based harassment in the workplace, with the aim to create safe workplaces that are free of harassment.
The Employment Equity Act, 1998 (EEA) regulates workplace equity. Section 6(1) prohibits unfair discrimination directly or indirectly, against an employee, in any employment policy or practice … including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, HIV status, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language, birth, or on any other arbitrary ground.”

Should you need more insight into workplace harassment, please do reach out. Article as featured in TOPCO Media. 

Silke R

Silke R

Senior Principle Partner

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