Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying in the workplace can be any conduct in the workplace environment that seeks to harm, intimidate, or coerce an employee or colleague. It is a repeated, health harming type of behavior perpetrated on one or more persons by one or more persons. These offenses could be considered verbal abuse, nonverbal offensive behaviors, physical abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, threatening, humiliating, intimidating, or sabotage. These actions take away from work getting done and is carried out by a perpetrator that desires to control other behavior(s) for their own self-serving needs.

Perpetrators of bullying in the workplace are typically manipulators that are extremely aware of the ways that they can psychologically control another person or group. They can identify and target colleagues, coworkers or employees that have certain personality traits that they can exploit and prey upon for their own gain. The determine flaws of everyone and determine how to exploit those flaws so that they can gain something in return. They do not have to be outwardly brutal; some are outwardly charming and nice or appear to be representing a noble cause.

There are two types of bullying in the workplace and creating a hostile work environment. They can be outward, blatant actions of bullying, or subtle types of bullying. Victims of this type of behavior should seek counsel from a hostile work environment attorney to protect themselves and their interests. This is especially important because a hostile work environment can be detrimental to your health. Broderick Saleen Law offers California Employment Lawyers that can help you with this type of problem. We are committed and focused on providing employees with the most effective representation legally against this type of injustice.

Effects of Bullying in the Workplace and Working in a Hostile Work Environment

The impact of bullying in the workplace and hostile work environments goes beyond just affecting a person or group of persons mental status. Sure, victims of hostile workplaces have higher levels of stress, anxiety, panic attacks, issues with sleep, stomach ulcers, and higher blood pressure, but it goes beyond these physical manifestations of the stress that they are under. The effects to the company are exacerbated by little work getting done. When harsh treatment is being perpetrated employees are less likely to perform well and have trouble making decisions. This affects the overall health of a company over time. When someone or a group have trouble focusing on work because they are being mistreated in the workplace, very little work is going to get done. Missed work and loss of wages will also occur.

Long-term health risks include higher rates of prescription to psychotropic medications, mood stabilizers and beta blockers including antidepressants, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills.

If you find yourself ruminating about the situation that you might in at your hostile workplace, contact our hostile work environment lawyers and employment attorneys.

Some examples of aggressive, outward bullying actions and covert, subtle actions that sometimes take place in a hostile work environment.


These types of unwelcome actions in the workplace, can be determined to be harassment and lead to the workplace being classified as a hostile work environment. Current hostile work environment and relevant harassment in the workplace laws protect both the victims and witnesses.

Hostile Work Environment Laws

According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 (ADEA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), harassment is a form of employment discrimination. It is defined as unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It becomes unlawful in times when the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is so severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abuse.

Anti-discrimination laws prohibit harassment against individuals in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws.

Help! My Boss is Bullying Me!

It does not matter who the bully is in these kinds of cases. It could be a brutal boss, a partner on the job, a client, or a non-employee independent contractor. Those in positions of authority should be aware of their position and the responsibilities that come with it. Leaders within organizations, however, are not the only perpetrators of workplace mistreatment and abuse. Companies and organizations should be aware of their responsibilities to all employees and trained in the ways of handling bullying in the workplace effectively. If they are privy to these types of violations and choose to not act, thus allowing the environment to continually be eroded by the behavior, they are liable for the hostile work environment for their complacency.

When it comes to your workplace rights being violated, Broderick Saleen Law can help you. We serve the Bay Area with proper representation and counsel in employment law and sexual harassment matters. Contact our team of California Employment Lawyers.