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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.

Sterling R Peterson
(480) 655-7440
1930 N ARBOLEDA STE 201
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Employment, Commercial
Education
Arizona State University,Arizona State University
State Licensing
Arizona

Scott F Gibson
(480) 633-8100
1423 S HIGLEY RD STE 110
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Employment, Lawsuits & Disputes, Life Science & Biotech, Intellectual Property
Education
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - Arizona State University,Arizona State University,Arizona State
State Licensing
Arizona

David R. Schwartz
(480) 461-5325
30 W 1ST ST
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Appeals, Commercial, Employment, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law,University of California - Los Angeles
State Licensing
Arizona

Otto S Shill III
40 N CENTER ST STE 200
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Tax, Employment, Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, Business
Education
J. Rueben Clark Law School,Boston University,Brigham Young University,Mesa Community College
State Licensing
Arizona, Texas

Robert S Martinez
(480) 924-1002
PO Box 51776
Mesa, AZ
Specialties
Employment, Civil Rights
Education
Franciscan University of Steubenville,Ohio State University, Columbus,Ohio State University
State Licensing
Arizona

Brad A Denton
1930 N ARBOLEDA STE 201
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Business, Employment, Litigation, Franchising
Education
University of Chicago Law School,Brigham Young University
State Licensing
Arizona

Lorie Ann Birk
4554 E Inverness Ave
Mesa, AZ
Specialties
Employment
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Univ of San Diego
State Licensing
California

Jill K. Osborne
(480) 461-5331
30 W 1ST ST
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Appeals, Employment, Education
Education
University of Kentucky
State Licensing
Arizona

Robert Miles Gregory
(480) 839-4711
1930 S ALMA SCHOOL RD STE A115
MESA, AZ
Specialties
Employment, Class Action
Education
Brigham Young Univ J Reuben Clark LS UT,Brigham Young Univ
State Licensing
Arizona, California

Terry J Fong
538 S GILBERT RD STE 101
GILBERT, AZ
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Construction, Contracts, Employment
Education
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law,University of Auckland, Auckland, New Ze
State Licensing
Arizona

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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