How to Deal With ‘Banter’ At Work

Posted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 11 December 2023
Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd
Issues covered: Banter, Bullying, Policies and Procedures, Discipline and Grievance, Case Law

The subject of ‘banter’ at work rose to prominence in 1995, when Chevron Oil in the United States made a $2.2m. settlement to female employees who alleged they were sexually harassed via workplace banter, incl. the circulation of a ‘joke’ sheet entitled: ‘25 reasons why beer is better than women’.

Banter and the Law

Though the term ‘banter’ does not feature in Irish statute law, it does surface in the recently revised Codes of Practice pertaining to harassment and bullying.The 2022 harassment Code in respect of: ‘any form of unwanted conduct related to any of the prohibited grounds which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, degrading,

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Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd

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