Workplace harassment can hurt a person and can make him or her uncomfortable. Workplace harassment and psychological violence are among the biggest problems in the US. This type of behavior, besides being inappropriate, can cause psychological trauma and hurt the victim’s self-confidence. The person can even be so far affected as to lose his or her ability to work, losing all self-esteem and feeling completely degraded.
Today’s society tolerates bullying; many workers must put up with attitudes such as pestering and harassment. It is unacceptable to be forced to put up with these conditions. The law protects workers from any behavior related to bullying and workplace harassment.
In the United States alone, more than fifty-three million workers admitted to being the victims of harassment in their workplace. Conflicts generally begin because of race, pregnancy, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or color. By law, any workers who are mistreated at work for the reasons mentioned above can be financially compensated.
Approximately 27 percent of employees do not report mistreatment or harassment on the part of their supervisors, managers, or coworkers. 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 can make the work atmosphere unbearable and should be reported. You will be able to completely recover your health and stability while also eliminating reactions that are harmful to your health, such as depression, anxiety, and stress.
Workplace harassment implies not only the abuse itself but also its effects on the worker in fulfilling work obligations. He or she may lose interest and initiative, perhaps feeling lazy or showing apathy in general. The victim may become irritable and explosive. Many people break into a sweat or even vomit, and the physical discomfort can grow to the point of creating heart problems or high blood pressure. Psychologically, the person could feel lonely or maladjusted. These problems could culminate in suicide. We can avoid many of these problems by learning to identify and pay attention to these attitudes in our coworkers. That’s the only way to recognize a negative situation before it is too late.
Any worker who has suffered any type of harassment in the workplace has the right and social responsibility to report any case of a lack of ethics and morals. The people who suffer from this type of abuse are normally afraid to report it. Your intervention may be the only way in which an accident or injury can be prevented. Reporting this type of behavior will help to change this type of attitude in the workplace. 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.
At Grupo MedLegal, we are concerned with preventing these kinds of behaviors, and we are forceful in combating harassment. The first thing a worker should do is to try to encourage a culture of acceptance in his or her workplace. Talking with your coworkers about these topics can help develop programs to fight workplace harassment. It’s essential for the company to circulate information about these issues, and all companies should have policies established for what to do in the case of workplace harassment. It’s also important to remember that another worker can help a coworker who finds himself or herself in this situation. It’s important to make a report if workplace harassment is suspected.
The best thing you can do in any case of bullying or workplace harassment is to hire a specialized lawyer who is familiar with these issues and who isn’t intimidated about defending you. You can always count on the support of Grupo MedLegal. We are experts in workers’ compensation, and we want you to have the benefits that are rightfully yours. At Grupo MedLegal, we are specialists in cases of workplace harassment. Our attorneys, who are experts in this type of situation, always prepare cases strategically, collecting all information relevant to the case in order to later analyze the data and make a plan of action. Additionally, you will be offered medical care for any injuries or disorders you have suffered as a result of the harassment.
We have more than thirty years of experience and have won a significant number of cases. We are proud to be recognized among the Latin community as the best firm for workers’ compensation and accident cases. We have offices in various regions of the United States, such as California; Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New York; New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; and Florida.