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November 30, 2009

SMEs exposed to legal action over office antics

by Richard Kilner

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Specialist business insurer Hiscox has commissioned research which shows that SMEs may be putting themselves at risk by lack of awareness of sexism, swearing and shouting in the workplace.

The research also revealed that according to 70% of British workers bad behaviour such as bullying or racist jokes are commonplace at work.

Bosses and workers were questioned separately, an approach which revealed a contrast between the two groups’ views of so-called office antics.

Seven out of 10 SME bosses indicated that they were not concerned by the prospect of legal action, despite 55% of workers saying they would consider legal action if bad behaviour crossed a line.

Hiscox’s small business expert Callum Taylor explained that one man’s banter was another man’s lawsuit and advised that SME bosses should improve their awareness to lower the chances of legal action occurring.

Taylor went on to say that Christmas would be a particularly tricky time of year, given the inevitable party and drunkenness, and suggested a clear code of conduct to help behaviour remain within reasonable limits.


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