Lately a slew of major newspaper and television news stories have highlighted woman on woman bullying. Almost all of them quote advocates who say that “status blind” harassment is legal. But, that’s not always true. If a woman can prove that, as surveys show, she’s being singled out by a female boss because the bully feels more comfortable harassing women than men then she may well have a claim under Sexual Harassment. Why is it so important for advocates to keep the message as pure as possible? While dramatic messages sell papers, books, and can propel the agenda of a cause it can also unfairly limit the needed information that traumatized victims/targets receive. ALWAYS speak with an attorney to understand the options that may or may not be open to you.
While researching my documentary on Workplace Bullying, I have often heard people say that it’s impossible to know whether or not a boss is actually a bully or just a tough manager. The definition and list of examples is often so vague and all encompassing that it’s really not unusual for this to be followed by something like, I mean I have to manage people and I suppose I could be considered a bully boss. Which, I suspect, gets to the root of the problem.