UK law imposes strict duties on employers to protect their workers from all types of injury. This includes deliberate acts of violence such as an attack or assault in the workplace.
Everyone deserves to feel safe when going to their place of work, but sadly this is not always the case. Employers who fail to address or minimise the risk of violence against their workers may prove to be liable if assaults in the workplace occur.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines a workplace assault as ‘Any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work’. This also includes racial, sexist and homophobic verbal abuse.
We only ever represent the victim and never the employer. You can therefore be assured that we are on your side from the outset. We appreciate just how upsetting and worrying an assault at work can be and will guide you through the process, also taking into consideration any emotional distress resulting from the assault.