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When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers (Emerson)
Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group) directed towards an employee (or employees), which is intended to intimidate and creates a risk to the health and safety of the employee(s).
Workplace bullying often involves an abuse or misuse of power. Bullying includes behavior that intimidates, degrades, offends, or humiliates a worker, often in front of others. Bullying behavior creates feelings of defenselessness in the target and undermines an individual’s right to dignity at work.
Examples of bullying:
Unwarranted or invalid criticism
Blame without factual justification
Being treated differently than the rest of your work group
Being sworn at
Exclusion or social isolation
Being shouted at or being humiliated
Being the target of practical jokes
Prevention of re-employment
Bullying, on the other hand, is often directed at someone a bully feels threatened by. The target often doesn’t even realize when they are being bullied because the behavior is covert, through trivial criticisms and isolating actions that occur behind closed doors. While harassment is illegal; bullying is not.
Bullying in general is NOT illegal in the U.S. unless it involves harassment based on sex, race, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
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