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Workplace Mobbing At A Big Bank
Hi everyone, I wanted to share my current experience of bullying and harassment in the workplace, and hopefully get some advice and support from anyone that can relate. I will try and keep this short.
I started my new job about 5 months ago and feel that I had been targeted within the first 5 days. I work for a big bank in a large corporate office environment. It started off very subtly with coughing. People on my team started coughing around me throughout the day. More and more people seemed to have chronic coughs as time went on. It felt hostile, but I can’t do much about coughing so just got on with it.
Suddenly there was a team change and everyone on my team was moved other than me and 2 others, and the manager (it was a team of about 15). Same thing started happening again. At this point, I thought if it was bullying then it would escalate. Sure enough within a couple of weeks people started making nasty comments within earshot and laughing hysterically - I was being ridiculed. This happens on a daily basis.
Also, I started to notice people walking past me down the corridor were also joining in. Making nasty comments as they passed. Saying things like “we are going to destroy you” or sniggering/sulking when they walk past, insinuating that I should kill myself etc. These are people I have never met before. New starters are also being encouraged to join in. I now have people saying "freak", “f-off”, “piss off” and “leave” within earshot, including my manager.
Now even when I go to the canteen I hear people making derogatory remarks which I'm pretty sure are directed towards me.
I would say that I am a fairly quiet, polite and nice person. I keep to myself most of the time and get on with my work. I have mild to moderate scoliosis and am half Mediterranean, half English. I may be slightly autistic (not diagnosed though). I don't see how I am a freak, pretty sure I don't look odd. This is the worst bullying and harassment I have ever experienced and I am starting to feel the effects. Not sure how much longer I can function.
Does anyone know what's going on here?
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