If you’ve ever been bullied in the workplace, know that you're not alone. An estimated 53.5 million Americans report being bullied at work.
Workplace Bullying “occurs when an employee experiences a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes harm. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.”
In the “Mad Men” days, it was quite common for individuals to find their spouses (or partners) in the workplace. Indeed, it is hard to find many workplace in which there are not traditionalists or baby boomers whose workplace romances developed into lifetime relationships.
However, in this millennium, workplace romance is incredibly dicey, particularly if it involves any power differential between the parties. Dating, or attempting to date, anyone over whom an employee has direct, indirect or institutional authority is dicey.
Indeed, there are potential sexual harassment...