Anti-Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying

We are committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying and ensuring all staff are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect.

Our policy covers behaviour that occurs at work and out of the workplace, such as on business trips or at work-related events or social functions. It covers bullying and harassment by staff (which may include consultants, contractors and agency workers) and also by third parties such as customers, suppliers or visitors to our premises.


Harassment is any unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. A single incident can amount to harassment. It also includes treating someone less favourably because they have submitted or refused to submit to such behaviour in the past.

Unlawful harassment may involve conduct of a sexual nature (sexual harassment), or it may be related to age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Harassment is unacceptable even if it does not fall within any of these categories.

Harassment may include, for example:

  • unwanted physical conduct including touching, pinching, pushing and grabbing
  • unwelcome sexual advances or suggestive behaviour (which the harasser may perceive as harmless)
  • offensive emails, text messages or social media content
  • mocking, mimicking or belittling a person’s disability

A person may be harassed even if they were not the intended “target”. For example, a person may be harassed by racist jokes about a different ethnic group if the jokes create an offensive environment.


Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened. Power does not always mean being in a position of authority, but can include both personal strength and the power to coerce through fear or intimidation.

Bullying can take the form of physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct. Bullying may include, by way of example:

  • physical or psychological threats
  • overbearing and intimidating levels of supervision
  • inappropriate derogatory remarks about someone’s performance



We have a formal internal process in place for dealing with discrimination, harassment and bullying.

If any external party wants to raise any concerns about Bidpath employees they should contact the Whistleblowing Officer