Many California residents recall moments in their childhoods when they faced antagonizing behavior from bullies. Sadly, this problem has not vanished on playgrounds inthe United States. Bullying doesn’t necessarily disappear once a child grows up and enters the workforce either. In fact, the gravity of many such situations intensifies exponentially when those doing the bullying are adults.
Workplace harassment is not always immediately apparent. Many people go to work every day, experiencing feelings of extreme anxiety and stress that is all but absent in their private lives, yet are unable to put their fingers on the exact causes of their unrest. Others are well aware that the main sources of their on-the-job problems include some type of bullying or harassment, especially when it involves sexual behavior.
Signs to look for
No one should have to carry out his or her job-related duties in a hostile work environment. These types of behavior may meet the definition of illegal harassment and bullying in the workplace:
- Workplace abuse may be verbal, physical or sexual in nature.
- Many harassment situations have to do with a particular person’s race, ethnicity, gender or religious background.
- Regardless whether the source of your unfair treatment at work is a peer or supervisor, it is still considered illegal behavior if it results in emotional or physical injury.
- If someone is calling you names, yelling at you or otherwise speaking in derogatory terms on the job, it may be a sign of workplace bullying.
- If going to work causes you emotional or physical injury, you may be a victim of harassment in the workplace.
Any type of harassing behavior directed toward a particular person in order to antagonize him or her in the workplace is considered bullying. Some California workers wind up quitting their jobs rather than face another day of harassment at work. It’s crucial to remember that every employer is obligated to ensure that the workplace is free from any demeaning or malicious behavior perpetrated by one or more parties against an individual who is a member of a protected class. It’s also important to know where to turn for support if bullying occurs.
An experienced employment law attorney can advise you of your rights and legal options.