I spend my days researching for anything to help me fight “city hall.” Today I came across this article: “Workplace bullying remains in the shadows.” While my story falls under many different terms, bullying it high on the list.
Per the EEOC, you HAVE to prove your harassment is due to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, or protected whistleblower status. How would someone know WHY they are being harassed/bullied? Yet to get any help under The Civil Right Act, a victim HAS to prove it was for a one of the reasons listed.
Huge corporations almost always have an ethics policy, and part of that policy is keeping employees in a safe work environment. If it is a public company, you have investors to be accountable to, too. Everyone from the CEO to the janitor has to adhere to that policy. In my case, we have to sign and acknowledge it. Yet, who is holding the company accountable for the ethical treatment of the employees by the company?
I have reached out to the CEO to notify him of the devastating harassment/bullying and unethical behavior. I even notified him that I have been diagnosed with C-PTSD and PTSD by two separate therapists. While he never responded directly, he did have his Chief Compliant Officer respond by threatening me to not contact anyone within the company.
Bullying is severe enough. We have foundations/organizations for kids. We have campaigns on TV. While we want to keeps kids safe, what about their parents? My job, my livelihood for 16 years, has been taken from me by a company of bullies in management positions, covering up for others’ unethical treatment.
When we can no longer provide for our families and have been mentally broken by bullies, it can and does lead to families destroyed. The employee either has to face it daily or, in my case, mentally break down and go on disability.
Some of us actually believed in that policy, the speeches, and the CEO to keep us safe.
Don’t we matter?
Share your workplace bullying story. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org in one page along with an optional photo:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through bullying at work?