Protecting Yourself from Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is defined as any verbal or physical actions by the perpetrator that interfere with the target’s ability to be productive or safe in the workplace. Unfortunately, this type of bullying is common and causes irreversible damage for its victims.

In this article, Evolve Legal will explain:

  • What is workplace bullying?
  • What are the harmful effects of workplace bullying?
  • How to protect yourself with a personal injury lawyer.

What is Workplace Bullying?

Workplace bullying is the unfair treatment of an employee by any supervisor or other employee whose actions are unwarranted and not in the best interests of the company. For example, a demanding or strict boss is not necessarily being a bully unless they are acting outside of fairness.

Many workplace bullying situations that result in personal injury claims are actually peer-to-peer attacks. Examples of workplace bullying include:

  • Exclusion or social isolation
  • Being treated differently from the rest of the workgroup by other members of the group or a superior
  • Unwarranted or invalid criticism
  • Excessive micromanaging
  • Being shouted at or humiliated
  • Being blamed for things going wrong in the workplace without factual evidence
  • Being given unattainable deadlines for the sole purpose of discipline

Risks of Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying negatively affects the victim and can lead to several physical and psychological problems. Bullying has been linked to:

  • Poor sleep
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression

Additionally, repetitive workplace bullying creates an unhealthy work environment for other employees and ultimately harms the company. A company may experience higher turnover rates and damage to its reputation.

Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer Involved

If you are the victim of a workplace bullying situation, help is available. The first thing you should do is check with your company HR director to see what the company’s code of conduct is for bullying. Should the bullying persist past a warning from the company’s HR representative, the next step is filing a personal injury claim with the court to seek damages and compensation for lost wages or medical costs.

Evolve Legal’s personal injury lawyers in Queensland can offer you a workplace discrimination case review to help you determine the best course of action. To get started, call us on 1300 025 101 or complete the contact form.