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Being the boss is not a license to be a bully

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2022 | Employment Law

The majority of workers in California face at least some work-related stress and pressure. Tasks often need to be completed to a high standard within a short period of time. This is perfectly normal.

However, there are times where employees can be put under undue pressure because of bullying and harassment. Frequently, this occurs between fellow employees and can be tackled by the human resources department.

Addressing workplace bullying from management is not always so easy. The bullied party can come under the impression that reporting it could cause them to lose their job. However, this is not necessarily the case. If you have been subjected to any of the following experiences, then this is unacceptable.

Intimidation

Management is assigned the role of ensuring that their department performs efficiently. In short, they need to achieve results. There are constructive ways of doing this, but there are also destructive ways of trying to obtain goals. If a manager is making you feel physically threatened or forcing you to accept unfair criticism – particularly in front of others — you do not have to tolerate this. You have a legal right to work in an environment that is free from intimidation.

Spreading malicious rumors

If your manager takes a disliking to you, they may do everything in their power to make others feel the same way. They may lie about your conduct or personal life in a bid to damage your reputation. This in turn may lead co-workers to believe that unfair disciplinary measures against you are justified. It is vital that the reputation you have built is not torn down by lies.

We spend a lot of time in the workplace, and it is crucial that we feel safe in that environment. If your boss has subjected you to bullying and harassment, there may be legal options open to you.