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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.

Michael Delaney
(913) 345-8100
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Labor Law
Education
Undergraduate : University of Kansas, BA 1969
Law School : University of Kansas
Admitted To Bar : 1976
Professional Memberships
Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association; Fellow - College of Labor & Employment Lawyers; Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America; American Employment Law Council; Education Law Association; National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys; Missouri Council of School Attorneys (Board of Directors)

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Kenneth A. Mason
(913) 327-5138
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Employee Benefits, Business, Tax, Employment
Education
Yale Law School,Harvard University
State Licensing
Kansas

Stanley E. Craven
(913) 327-5154
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
University of Kansas School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

Shawn Michael Ford
(913) 327-5108
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Park University
State Licensing
Kansas

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(913) 327-5116
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Class Action, Employment, Litigation, Environmental, Antitrust
Education
Creighton University School of Law
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Kansas

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(913) 339-6757
9393 W. 110th Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Insurance, Ethics, Civil Rights
Education
University of Kansas,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

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(913) 253-2136
9200 Indian Creek Parkway Suite 450
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Employment, Insurance, Education
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Wartburg College
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Kansas

Scott Carl Nehrbass
(913) 253-2144
9200 Indian Creek Parkway Suite 450
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Litigation, Antitrust, Defective & Dangerous Products, Insurance, Employment
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
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Kansas

Heather Suzanne Woodson
(913) 344-6716
10975 Benson, Suite 550
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Antitrust, Business, Litigation, Employment, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Kansas State University
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Kansas

Richard Lawrence Connors
(913) 344-6756
10975 Benson, Suite 550
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Immigration
Education
University of Houston Law Center,University of Kansas,University of Kansas
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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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