What an I do if I’m being bullied at work by 3 of my co-workers who make fun and harass me?

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What an I do if I’m being bullied at work by 3 of my co-workers who make fun and harass me?

I am being bullied at work, 3 of my co-workers making fun of me and harassing me by saying bad words. The employer is flavoring them by saying that I am alone and they are 3 complaining. All 3 ganging together and harassing me. I left for lunch, and when I returned, my machine was shut off or power cord off my laptop removed from the power strip.Yesterday, A coworker had a verbal argument with me that erupted after I had requested him to keep it down. He stood up and walked towards me in a confrontational manner. He stood right next to me as if he was going to start a physical altercation. I feel that this unprofessional behavior is taking a toll on my professional and personal life. The constant harassment that I face has made me depressed. First, I tried to resolve the conflict by talking to them but failed. I request to my management to take corrective steps to remedy this issue. Management is blaming me by saying that they are 3 and I am stood alone.

Asked on February 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A hostile work environment is created when a superior's or co-worker's actions, behavior or communications make an employee's performing their job duties in a reasonable manner impossible. Further, the behavior, actions or communication must be discriminatory in nature(i.ee. based on your rareligion, age (over 40), disability, national origin, etc.). Unfortunately, your situation while boorish and unprofessional, does not rise to the level of an actionable claim. Your only protection here might be if this behavior, etc. violate the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Bottom line, in at "at will" work enviornment a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. For your part, you can either continue to complain but risk termination, accept the situation, or quit. Here is a link to a site that will explain more: https://employment-law.freeadvice.com/employmentlaw/sexual_harassment/factors_hostile.htm


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