Harassment in the workplace has become one of the biggest problems in the United States. This behavior, besides being inappropriate and punished by law, can cause psychological trauma, deteriorate self-esteem, and affect the victim’s work performance.
Mobbing is when one person or group of people pester, corner, harass, bother or irritate a person in the workplace causing the worker to feel fear, panic, contempt, and demoralization in the activities performed.
Workplace harassment can include conflicts that generally begin because of race, pregnancy, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or color. By law, any worker who is mistreated at work for the reasons mentioned above can be financially compensated.
The most common expressions of workplace harassment include the following: insults, physical and psychological aggression, intimidation through threats, crude jokes, and so on. These practices are considered intolerable because they harm people and affect the work environment.
Some of the consequences of workplace harassment are:
- Loss of interest or initiative, or general apathy
- Constant irritability
- Sadness and possibility of sudden crying
- Lack of concentration and anxiety
- Emotional instability (stress, aggression, insecurity, and frustration)
- Physical discomfort (back, legs, head)
- Heart, breathing, and digestive problems
- Sleeping disorders
- Isolation and maladjustment
- Sexual desire problems
- Suicidal thoughts
Unfortunately, workplace harassment is an habitual practice promoted by employers or supervisors to inspire fear and obedience from subordinates, or to provoke the resignation of those who are no longer useful to the company; normally, these are injured employees or those who require special work conditions.
Co-workers also commonly participate in harassment to undermine an employee for personal interests. This psychological mistreatment causes people to feel persecuted and uncomfortable, causing harmful repercussions to their health; such as tension, lack of concentration, depression, and anxiety.
Workplace harassment is an assault on the physical and psychological integrity of the worker, and the existence of this behavior implies a failure on the part of the employer to fulfill the health and safety protection of the employees and to prevent workplace risks.
Any worker who has suffered any type of harassment in the workplace has the right and social responsibility to report any case to put an end to this situation that causes harm. This is the only way in which an accident or injury can be prevented. If you are not sure if you are entitled to compensation due to workplace harassment, you should visit our questions about workplace accidents and workers’compensation!
By law, all workers are protected. No supervisor or manager can negatively interpret this type of report; on the contrary, those in charge should get involved and make things right for the victim.
In order to prevent workplace harassment, companies should do the following:
- Provide information about workplace harassment through guides and practices
- Implement programs to learn how to combat workplace harassment
- Develop procedures to report harassment cases in the workplace
- Implement sanctions with well-defined criteria against those who are guilty of harassment.