All About Verbal Harassment at Work

Updated on October 17, 2022

Your workplace should be a safe place for you – you don’t want to run the risk of getting hurt while on the job. But you should also be able to work there comfortably … and the words of certain people can make your workdays miserable. This is known as verbal harassment .. and you don’t deserve to have to deal with that.

Before you contact inappropriate and unwanted statements attorneys, though, you should know about verbal harassment at work and all it entails. That way, you will have a stronger sense of what details to give them before you file your suit. 

It’s Not Just Women Who Are Targeted

There is a prevailing misconception that only females are the prime targets for this sort of harassment. That is not the case. Men can also be subject to it. This kind of thinking often leads to cases falling through the cracks

There Are Different Methods

Name-calling is one of the ways people can verbally harass someone at work. They will then likely claim that they were “joking” and that the victim should “toughen up.” These remarks can be about anything from their race, gender, sexual orientation, or their religion. 

Other things can include gaslighting the employee, constantly belittling or correcting them, interrupting them anytime they talk, and humiliating them in front of others. The perpetrator may blame the victim for being abused. They may relentlessly criticize the victim, judge them, or threaten them. Their goal is to make the workplace a nightmare for the victim. 

The Effects of Verbal Harassment 

Verbal abuse at work creates a toxic environment for those at the job. They will dread going in to work and they will also have trouble enjoying their days off, too, since they will be worrying about going in to work the next day. It will give them anxiety and they may have trouble sleeping, which can then cause them both physical and psychological issues. It can create a long-lasting problem that will require treatment. 

The impact of verbal abuse can be far-reaching. The victim can lose interest in a lot of things and it can have an effect on their other interpersonal relationships, including their marriage. 

What To Do

If you are a victim of verbal abuse, you need to keep a record of the instances of verbal abuse. This is not the schoolyard and you are not being a ‘snitch.” Stand up to the abuser and discuss how it makes you feel – if it seems possible. You can escalate it and talk to management and human resources. 

There are also forms of harassment in the workplace, including sexual and psychological. None of them have any place and should be dealt with. If the job that you are at is not enforcing their anti-harassment policies, you should enlist the help of a workplace harassment lawyer. They will listen carefully to your description of what you have encountered and look over any documentation. They can then move on with a claim and hopefully get you any compensation that you deserve. 

Verbal harassment has no place in a job. By protecting yourself with documentation, getting treatment, and using a lawyer, you can reclaim your life. 

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