Employment law cases

Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd [2010] IRLR 132 CA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Protection from harassment: "Oppressive and unacceptable" conduct is test for harassment

    10 March 2010

    In Veakins v Kier Islington Ltd [2010] IRLR 132 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an employee who was bullied at work by her line manager had been harassed within the meaning of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. While the Court had to keep in mind the need for the conduct complained of to be serious enough to sustain criminal liability, the key test was whether or not it was "oppressive and unacceptable". On the unchallenged evidence before the Court, it clearly was.