Employment Attorney Hood River OR

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.

Karen Ostrye
(541) 386-1311
205 3rd St
Hood River, OR
Specialties
Juvenile, Employment, Family
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Portland State University
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Diane J. Crumpacker
(509) 493-1278
P O Box 1189
White Salmon, WA
Specialties
Employment
Education
UCLA SOL,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

William D Stark
(503) 588-3241
1960 E Nob Hill St Se
Salem, OR
Specialties
Civil Rights, Employment
Education
Willamette University College of Law,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Gwenna Rose Wootress
3850 Se Three Mile Ln
Mcminnville, OR
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Employment, General Practice, Administrative Law
State Licensing
Washington

Dian S Rubanoff
(503) 699-1300
334 Third St, Po Box 547
Lake Oswego, OR
Specialties
Employment
State Licensing
Washington

Lesley Apple Haskell
(541) 386-2221
Po Box 417
Hood River, OR
Specialties
Employment, Family, Government, Land Use & Zoning
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Bethany Chase Graham
(541) 749-4045
549 SW MILLVIEW WAY STE 100
BEND, OR
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Montana School of Law,Pacific Lutheran University
State Licensing
Oregon

Ronald G Guerra
(503) 598-5540
2 CENTERPOINTE DR
LAKE OSWEGO, OR
Specialties
Employment, State, Local And Municipal Law, Construction, Litigation, Business
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Siena Heights University
State Licensing
Oregon

Brenda K Baumgart
(503) 228-0500
601 SW 2nd Ave Ste 2300
Portland, OR
Specialties
Employment
Education
Willamette University College of Law,Willamette University
State Licensing
Oregon

Allyson S Krueger
(503) 228-8870
411 SW 2nd Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Appeals
State Licensing
Oregon

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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