What if I’m bullied at work?
Bullying of any type should be discussed with your parents or guardian. If it comes from a co-worker, report it to your supervisor as well. Being bullied at work could involve a boss, co-worker or in some circumstances, even a customer. Legal action has been taken against workplace bullies and resulted in a victory for the victim like the case described below.
In April, 2008, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld a jury verdict of $325,000.00 against a heart surgeon who verbally assaulted the operator of the heart/lung machine. Testimony was presented to the jury that he was a workplace bully. The evidence before the jury included his aggressive and rapid advance on the victim with clenched fists, “piercing eyes, beet-red face, popping veins, and screaming and swearing at him.” There was no physical contact, but the victim suffered emotional distress from the incident.
It doesn’t take this type of extreme behavior to make a case of workplace bullying. It’s important that you report any incident when it happens to someone you trust. Waiting may affect the outcome of any action you try to take later.