There is no precise definition of bullying although many will agree that is intentional and aggressive behavior toward another individual. Although bullying is typically thought to only be an adolescent issue, adult bullying is also a problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6-12 experience bullying. Statistics on workplace bullying can be much more difficult to track as many victims will never report the problem.
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Bullying can lead to physical and emotional harm and no one should have to suffer due to the actions of a bully.
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Bullying in the workplace can make it difficult for an employee to show up to work and focus on their career. Adult bullies are much more likely to use verbal intimidation, however, it may also cross the line into physical altercations.
Some common types of workplace bullying behaviors include:
- Isolation of employee
- Overworking an employee
- Stealing credit
- Making threats to the victims personal or professional standing
- Using demeaning language to humiliate the employee
- Sabotaging employees ability to perform
- Threatening the employee
- Workplace gossip
When an adult is bullied at work, it can create a hostile work environmental and reduce workplace morale. The goal of an adult bully is often to gain power over the victim, to make themselves dominant.
BULLYING IN SCHOOLS
Bullying in schools is a very serious issue and many states have even created laws that can help protect victims of cyber-bullying and bullying on school grounds.
Some common bullying behaviors include:
- Physical threats
- Punching, kicking, pushing a victim
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Spreading rumors
- Sending or spreading rumors online
- Posting embarrassing images online
- Embarrassing someone in public
With the growing use of social networks and cellphones amongst teens, cyberbullying has become a problem that many website creators, parents, schools and governments are still working to put an end to.
In 2012, Ohio effectively created a law against harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying.
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF BULLYING
The effects of bullying, whether it occurs in the workplace, at school or online may be physically or emotionally devastating.
Some common effects include:
- Loss of interest in activities
- Poor grade in school or poor work performance
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Skipping school or work
- Decreased self-esteem
It is highly advisable that those close to victim of bullying pay close attention to any changes in mood or behavior. Creating an open dialogue about bullying could also help the victim open up about their own experiences and pave the way for a solution.
CONTACT OUR BULLYING ATTORNEYS TODAY
Bullying is something no child, teen or adult should ever have to face, yet each year millions of people are subjected to physical and verbal harassment.
The team of attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are dedicated to pursuing justice for those who have been the victims of schoolyard or workplace bullying. Our lawyers understand how these situations impact the victim and their family.
With more than 100 years of legal experienced, you can rest assured you have chosen a legal team with the professionalism, knowledge, and dedication necessary to solve your legal problems.
We have several offices located throughout Ohio including Columbus and Cincinnati, and also serve the Northern Kentucky area.
Contact our law offices today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation review of your bullying claim. A member from our intake team will collect some initial details about the nature of your inquiry and then quickly connect you to one of our highly skilled attorneys.