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What Every Target of Workplace Bullying Needs to Know

Workplace Bulying Led To Sexual Harrassment

by Standing Alone
(Mobile, AL)

I have worked for a company for seven years and I have never seen a company like this before!! This company has several office bullies, one which has been with the company for 28 years. The company knows about this person's behavior, actions, comments and most of sexual harrassment on a daily basis.

This person is so bold and out of control until he will carry out his actions in front of managers -- who will just laugh it off out of fear or just walk away from the incident while it is taking place. The bullies have a support system that consists of about (8) people, who will do anything to cover for each other and the "kicker" in the whole stories -- the group consists of "Ministers, church leaders, and "suppose-to-be Christians".

The main bully has set the tone for the office until it is a hostile environment on a daily basis -- consisting of sexual comments, jokes and humiliation where sometimes the Managers join in on the jokes.

My situation became so unbearable until I finally filed a sexual harrassment formal complaint with the corporate after receiving a text piciture of a Minister's penis -- my co-worker (bully #2). In my formal complaint, I'd addressed the hostile environment also. As you know, corporate's actions was a delayed response at first, just to see how much I knew, so they could know how to response or "clean-up" the mess! Corporate gave the Minister the option to resign! -- believe that -- he was given a option.

After bully #2 resigned, I was retaliated against by the corporate and local office (including co-workers and Managers). I had items stolen from desk, my laptop's hard drive destoyed, items from my purse was stolen and accounts sabatoged. This left me with no outlet to report this to because the Managers would support the bullies.

Eventually, the constant stress resulted in me having various health problems. Now I am without a job and still having to deal with some of these individuals -- the "Mob of Bullies showed up in court with the Minister -- I know there has to be a light at the end of this tunnel -- any advice or comments welcomed!! Note: In Alabama a worker is considered an "At-Will Employee -- limited laws to protect the employee!!

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At-will Employment
by: Solange

Two comments: First, ministers are just as prone to being jerks as anyone else. Sorry this is happening to you. Jesus had the right idea: "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you." I think what he means is to approach all situations with love, even those that appear not be about love, make them about love. If life is like a canvas where we paint only with love, workplace bullying is in the places where we have not painted. Be creative. Use lots of color. See what happens to these guys. Sure beats being sick over them. That serves no one.

Now, at-will employment... I had a boss who used this as a sledge hammer. There was no personnel policy, only this guy's opinion (based on anything truthful or not was not important). If he wanted to do harm to you, he would hold "at-will" over your head and slam you with his perception of your faults reminding you that he could fire you for no reason (unless you were black or gay -- then he was afraid of an EEOC complaint). I'm a middle aged white woman. I had no recourse. I left. As we say in the South, "Bless his little heart..."

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