To try and separate the effects of workplace mistreatment in all its forms is essentially a futile exercise. After all, the victims of any occupational abuse suffer from a range of effects and will likely tell you that they are all horrible.
We agree with this assessment, but we also know how critical it is to give your workplace mistreatment a label when you need legal help. Classifying your ill-treatment gives you a better chance of making it stop. Workplace bullying or verbal and emotional abuse typically fall under the harassment or discrimination label (category).
How does workplace bullying affect victims?
Workplace verbal and emotional abuse is rampant in many Cleveland, Ohio workplaces. Perpetrators of such abuse typically feel they are doing nothing to harm another person, but victims of bullying in the workplace say otherwise.
Some of the devastating effects of verbal and emotional abuse at work include:
- Anxiety, stress and panic attacks
- Increased blood pressure
- Ulcers and trouble sleeping
Examples of how coworkers or even employers inflict workplace emotional and verbal abuse include:
- Constant berating or threatening
- Exclusions from workplace events or activities
- Making snide or derogatory remarks
- Taking credit for the work of others
- Frequent and unfair criticisms
Suffering from routine bullying behaviors can also impact the work performance of victims. In turn, this increases the unwanted psychological effects of workplace abuse. It is often a seemingly endless cycle that most victims have no idea how to address.
We urge you to seek guidance regardless of the type of abuse you suffer from at work. Federal and state governments offer protection from workplace discrimination, harassment and psychological abuse. Learning more about the protections and legal remedies at your disposal ensures that you find a solution.