No one likes a bully. Whether on the playground, in your social life or at your workplace, dealing with a bully can have a huge impact on your life.
Feeling dread when you have to go to work can be all consuming and cause serious mental health issues.
Now a woman from Calgary is taking her experience to the House of Commons.
Wendy Gaucher-Bigcharles has started a federal petition with the hopes of changes to the Canadian Labour Code (CLC). She wants it to include a legal definition of what exactly workplace psychological harassment is.
“Fundamentally there is no protection for somebody who experiences a campaign of psychological violence—over a period of time, repeated attacks of discrimination, harassment, and bullying,” she said in an interview with Metro News.
She said she experienced workplace psychological violence that included ‘acts of isolation, exclusion, alienation, intimidation, retaliation, denied access to processes and information, verbal and non-verbal insults and innuendo.’
This can be especially hard to deal with when the bully is a person in a position of power, like a manager or supervisor. They may use the excuse that this type of management style is boosting productivity or pushing an employee to work a little harder.
Having a union on your side can help.
When you are part of a union, you can reach out to a Shop Steward or Business Agent you feel comfortable sharing the issue with. They can also help you take care of your mental health, which can be greatly effected by bullying. Teamsters 362 has a full list of resources on our website that you can find here.
If you are not yet a part of a union, calling one and finding out what your rights are is also an action you could take.
Trade unions are there to stand up for all of your rights as a worker and ensure that you are working in a safe and healthy work environment – that definitely includes workplace bullying.