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lmost every organization has a corporate bully, but individuals, especially the most accomplished and successful, are increasingly being mistreated by their superiors and peers in the workplace. According to the research we at SingleEdition uncovered, bullies tend to be fueled by envy and resentment, which is typically brought out by high performing, well-liked employees who possess strong values and integrity.

Raymond J Lajeunesse Jr.
(703) 321-8510
8001 BRADDOCK RD STE 600
SPRINGFIELD, VA
Specialties
Constitutional, Employment
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Providence College
State Licensing
DC, Virginia

Craig James Franco
(703) 218-2302
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 1100
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Commercial
Education
George Mason University School of Law,College of William and Mary
State Licensing
DC, Maryland, Virginia

Maynard M. Henry
(703) 256-7754
7619 Little River Tpke Ste 340
Annandale, VA
Specialties
Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Employment
Education
Duquesne University School of Law,Norwich University
State Licensing
DC, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia

David P. Phippen
(703) 568-2864
4100 Monument Corner Drive, Suite 520
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment, Transportation, Litigation
Education
Washington & Lee University
State Licensing
DC, Georgia

Robert P Floyd III
(571) 522-6100
4100 Monument Corner Drive, Suite 520
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Employee Benefits
State Licensing
DC

James Garlin Gentry
7402 Forest Hunt Ct
Springfield, VA
Specialties
Employment
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Fresno Pacific Coll
State Licensing
California

Nancy Morrison Lawrence
(703) 218-2120
Po Box 2037
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Immigration, Employment
State Licensing
DC

Alexandra Spaulding
(703) 352-1900
9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment
Education
Drake University Law School,University of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Virginia

Timothy Michael Mcconville
(703) 218-2119
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 1100
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment
Education
Catholic University of America, School of Law,James Madison University
State Licensing
Virginia

Stefan Hocker Black
(703) 218-2176
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 1100
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
George Mason University School of Law,James Madison University
State Licensing
Virginia

Are You a Victim of Singlism at Work?

At my last position in Corporate America, I was on the receiving end of a bully executive who was well entrenched with our C.E.O. This duplicitous "mean girl," ironically a movie she always cited, victimized many with her vicious rumor-spreading, mockery and verbal intimidation. With me, her point of attack was almost always aimed at my solo status. A salary increase was denied due to my "stylish wardrobe" which she felt was lavishly excessive, so too was an office of my own and several bonus hikes which my married peers with lesser degrees and profit margins all received.

Bella Depaulo, author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored and Still Live Happily Ever After, sees individuals who are targets of discrimination as victims of "singlism." Almost every organization has a corporate bully, but individuals, especially the most accomplished and successful, are increasingly being mistreated by their superiors and peers in the workplace. According to the research we at SingleEdition uncovered, bullies tend to be fueled by envy and resentment, which is typically brought out by high performing, well-liked employees who possess strong values and integrity.

So what can those who are being bullied do?

1. Realize it is not your fault: Like most bullies, mine was ridiculing me to destroy my self confidence and to make other employees disrespect me. For a long time I convinced myself that I was being too sensitive. Once I recognized the behavior for what it was, I was able to relinquish all self-blame and stopped questioning my professional conduct (and wardrobe.)

2. Confide in trusted co-worker(s): Keeping quiet about a bully's behavior only makes it worse. After confiding in a few trusted co-workers, it became evident that I was not this mean girl's sole victim. Turned out she was antagonizing many of the unmarried high-achieving women in the office. While we never pursued a formal complaint, we had enough evidence as a collective group to pursue legal redress.

3. Make Sure to Keep a Record: Lucky for me, a friend of mine who is an attorney instructed me to keep detailed notes. I logged everything in an electronic file at work and backed it up on my home computer, including a list of individuals who were witness to those events.

4. Don't retaliate: Sure, there were moments when I wanted to tell her she resembled a troll (you heard it here first) and days where I considered sending a nasty gift to her attention to the office. Despite the strong urge, I refrained from striking back. Walking away with grace and style left my bully more defeated every time.

5. File a formal complaint: In most cases, the only way to stop workplace bullying is through a formal complaint. Wait until you have gathered enough evidence to show that you are being bullied before you make a complaint to your supervisor, boss or human resources person. This will prevent the bully claiming that there has been a misunderstanding. Make your complaint in writing and keep a copy for yourself. Include all the records and other evidence that you have been collecting along with the names of any witnesses.

As for me, this June marks the one year anniversary since I resigned from my role at that company. Today I know for certain that I am living happily ever after and being compensated accordingly, which I know I cannot say about the former, supposedly happily married bully I left behind.

 

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