Bosses who are bullies: Your options

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2022 | Workplace Discrimination

The majority of companies have a hierarchical structure. This way, work can be supervised and issues can be reported up the ladder as necessary. But what happens once the top of the ladder has been reached? Who does your boss answer to? If they are engaging in bullying, what can you do about it

Continue to do your best 

Having a boss who is going out of their way to make your life difficult can be daunting. But, if possible, continue doing your job to the best of your ability. They might be looking to get you to slip up so that they have a legitimate grievance. You don’t want to give them the satisfaction or ammunition. 

Find out if there’s a pattern

If you can find other employees that this has happened to, or that have at least seen it happening to you, then you’ll have a stronger case. You may also notice that bullying tactics have a pattern. Maybe your boss only targets women, people of color, those of a specific religion, or another characteristic.

Finding internal fixes 

Your company likely has an internal Human Resources department that is equipped to deal with toxic work practices at every level. Gather your evidence, such as witness reports and other relevant materials, and present it to the HR department or representative. Ideally, they’ll be able to find a solution.

Of course, internal solutions are not always adequate. As, an employee, you have rights under the law. If you’re being bullied at work and your HR department does not have a viable solution, reaching out an employment law attorney who can access your situation and possible legal recourse options is advised.

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