Bullying in the Workplace - What You Need to Do

Bullying in the workplace is common and is getting more attention. There's no need for an employee to needlessly suffer due to a co-worker or boss who enjoys manipulating others and seeing them suffer. It's the classic situation where a person lifts themselves up by pushing others down.

When the term "bully" comes up we often think of the bully we knew in school. That person probably grew up to be the workplace bully, using the same tactics just in a different time and place. They,

● Intimidate their victims,

● Spread rumors to tarnish a coworker's reputation,

● Fail to invite an employee to an important meeting, and

● Make fun of coworkers or tell inappropriate jokes at a victim's expense.

The bully's goal in school may have been to climb up the informal hierarchy of students. As an adult the goal may be to climb up the management ladder by torpedoing the careers of co-workers with backstabbing or simply making their lives so miserable they leave.

In a Forbes article bullying expert Sherri Gordon says,

● Being bullied can have serious physical, psychological and professional consequences, especially if it's long-term. Victims need to protect themselves.

● Recognize what you can control (your response) and what can't be controlled (the bully's words and actions).

● Set boundaries with the bully. Be direct about his or her unacceptable behavior and language. Inform the person that if they continue you will make a report to management. Remain calm, cool and matter of fact. If you become emotional the bully will use it against you.

● If the bullying continues and this isn't a one-time incident, report it to your supervisor and/or human resources. If the bully is your boss, go to his or her supervisor.

● Document the incidents, including dates, times, quotes and witnesses. Make your presentation as professional and thorough as possible. Stick to the facts, avoid emotion and ask that the situation be resolved.

Workplace bullies may target coworkers who are the most capable they want to eliminate any threat to their own advancement. Victims may be the people the company should most want to keep.

Ideally the bully will stop once you let the person know you won't be playing his or her games. Management should recognize bullies are counter-productive. They poison an atmosphere that should be positive and emphasize team work.

Being bullied, in and of itself, is not necessarily illegal. However if the bullying is severe enough and targeted towards those of a legally protected basis (race, sex, age, disability, nationality) it may constitute illegal discrimination if the employer doesn't stop it once it's on notice of the problem.

If you believe you're the victim of workplace bullying, it's impacting your work and your health and management isn't taking effective action to stop it, contact our office. We can discuss the situation, whether laws have been broken and what you should do to protect yourself from further harm.


Why Clients Want Us

  • Thousands of Clients Helped

    We have helped thousands of clients with both small and big cases since the inception of the firm. Our attorney Matthew Weisberg has had the opportunity to fight for the rights of clients before the Supreme Court.

  • Affordable Pricing

    We are committed to providing transparent flat fees that are affordable. Everyone deserves the ability to fight for their rights without the worry of affordability.

  • Over 20 Years of Experience

    Since 2005 our firm has advocated for the rights of clients in Philadelphia and surrounding cities. In addition, our attorneys have been in the legal field for over 20 years bringing immeasurable knowledge with them to the firm.

  • Free Consultations

    We understand the stressful nature of the situation you can be in. Call us for a free consultation and we will strive for a response within 24 hours.

Start Your Free Consultation Today!

Defending Our Clients

See What Our Clients are Saying
  • “They helped me get my life back. I will always remember how empowered I felt after I testified and when the case was over (in my favor!).”

    - Robin R.
  • “When no one would take my legal malpractice case, they did and won!”

    - Doniell W.
  • “Weisberg Law was the only firm that took an interest in our racial discrimination case against a local school district.”

    - Kerry M.

Contact Us to Start Assisting You

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.