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Does bullying constitute workplace retaliation?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2021 | Employment Law |

Bullying occurs in many areas and at various stages of life. However, when it happens in New Jersey workplaces, it’s not only intolerable but illegal. It’s worth knowing if workplace bullying constitutes retaliation.

What is workplace bullying?

There are many ways that workplace bullying can occur. If the manager, supervisor or boss of an employee continuously harasses them, it makes for an uncomfortable, hostile working environment. Intimidation and threats may be used. The employee may constantly be on the receiving end of verbal abuse.

Employees often face bullying as a part of workplace retaliation. That retaliation might be due to the employee making a complaint for any number of issues such as harassment, unethical practices or more.

What types of behavior are included in workplace retaliation?

Retaliation against an employee can take place in a variety of ways. The person might be worthy of a promotion or raise and be passed over for it due to unfair treatment. Another example is that a female employee could suffer constant harassment by male employees or supervisors.

Anything that is continuous and that makes a person feel singled out and uncomfortable in the workplace can be considered workplace retaliation.

What is the impact of workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying can cause the victim to suffer serious psychological trauma and other mental health issues. Stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common. It can even lead to physical symptoms like high blood pressure and sleep problems.

People who are the target of workplace retaliation can also have issues finding new employment if they leave their current jobs. There may be a lack of trust in people in the workplace as a result of their experience. The place of employment could also suffer if it gets a bad reputation for those actions.