Workers across California face numerous challenges each day. Meeting tight deadlines, upholding high standards and maintaining customer relationships are all part and parcel of the modern working environment. While none of this is easy, there are times when employees may be put under undue pressure.
Workers in California have a legal right to work in a place that is free from discrimination and harassment, and they should not be subjected to bullying while on the job. Some bullying is blatantly obvious. For instance, an employee may face verbal abuse or even physical confrontation. However, this is not always the case and bullying can take a variety of forms. It is important to recognize some of the more common types of workplace bullying so that such matters can be addressed appropriately.
Can you trust your instincts?
Workers commonly second guess themselves, and this can be facilitated by co-workers. Sometimes, with the best of intentions, a colleague will tell you that you are overreacting. Don’t take their opinion to heart. In reality, if you are upset and you dread going to work because of how you’ve been treated, there is likely inappropriate behavior being directed towards you.
Are you being criticized harshly?
If you are meeting your deadlines and other working objectives, you should be rewarded for this effort. However, if you are being scolded over trivial matters, or for things you didn’t even do, this could be a sign of bullying.
Are you isolated from the group?
Have you been moved to a workspace where there is nobody else around? Perhaps meetings are being held with everyone but you? If you find yourself being routinely excluded from work events, this could be a sign of bullying.
Employees in California should be treated with dignity in the workplace and both state and federal law back this up. If you feel like your rights have been violated, consider the various legal options that are at your disposal.