A recent article raised an interesting question – is “bullying” a new form of workplace discrimination? The article was premised on the idea that often harassing behaviors occur within the office setting but may not rise to level of what workers think constitutes actionable discriminatory conduct. However, while many companies and employees recognize that blatant discriminatory conduct – such as overt comments, threats and firing (or failing to hire someone) explicitly because of their race or gender – is not allowed, often more subtle “bullying” conduct may be considered legally discriminatory as well.
If you have questions concerning potential workplace harassment or discrimination at your place of work, consulting with a knowledgeable Atlanta employment discrimination attorney at once is important to protect your rights and determine your next steps.
For example, types of “bullying conduct” that may be considered discriminatory includes more subtle actions such as giving non-preferential work assignments or hours to certain employees based on their race or gender, or not promoting individuals based on their religion. Where individuals of a protected class are subjected to adverse employment actions – even if these actions are not explicit – they may still constitute a form of employment discrimination – such as race discrimination, religious discrimination, age discrimination or sex discrimination.
While not all actions that constitute bullying may be ground for a lawsuit, if you’ve been treatment improperly at work, it’s critical to contact a Georgia employment discrimination attorney at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP who can provide you crucial advice and help ensure you take the steps necessary to fight back against workplace discrimination and bullying.