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Harassment and bullying
It’s against your rights to be harassed or bullied by managers, staff or clients because you have cancer or are caring for someone with cancer. Anti-bullying laws protect employees from repeated unreasonable behaviour that creates a risk to their health and safety. This includes unreasonable work demands, offensive comments, intimidation or exclusion.
People may have different ideas about what is unacceptable behaviour. Even though someone did not mean to be offensive, it’s still not okay. Seek legal advice if you feel you’ve been bullied or harassed.
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