Florida Workplace Bullying Lawyer
Representing Employees Facing Workplace Harassment in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Throughout Southwest Florida
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we understand the pain and frustration that comes with workplace bullying. Being subjected to psychological, emotional, and physical abuse in your place of employment is wrong, and you have the right to take action. We can assist you in protecting your rights and preventing further mistreatment by providing the legal guidance you need.
Our firm is led by Benjamin Yormak, one of the few board-certified employment law experts in Florida. With years of experience helping employees throughout Southwest Florida, Mr. Yormak has a deep understanding of the state and federal laws that protect workers from workplace bullying and harassment. He and our team will help you build a strong case and seek the compensation you deserve.
If you’re struggling with workplace bullying, contact Yormak Employment & Disability Law for a confidential consultation right away. We will provide the legal guidance you need to protect your rights, prevent further bullying, and get the compensation you deserve.
What is Workplace Bullying?
Workplace bullying is an insidious form of harassment in which a supervisor, co-worker, or client creates an intimidating and oppressive work environment. Bullying can take many forms, from verbal abuse to physical intimidation. It often involves insulting behavior, making derogatory comments about an employee’s performance or appearance, or creating a hostile work atmosphere with aggressive demands and directives.
The Effects of Workplace Bullying
The effects of workplace bullying can be devastating, causing significant stress and anxiety to the employee being targeted. In some cases, it can also lead to depression or even physical injury if the situation escalates. It’s important for employees to know their rights when facing a hostile work environment, as well as their legal options if they’re being harassed or discriminated against.
Examples of Workplace Bullying
Workplace bullying can take many forms, and it’s important to recognize the signs so you can protect yourself and your rights. Here are a few examples of workplace bullying:
- Verbal abuse: including shouting, name-calling, sarcasm, and insults.
- Threats and intimidation: including physical threats or gestures, spreading rumors, and unjustified criticism.
- Isolation and exclusion: being deliberately excluded from team meetings or social events or being isolated from colleagues.
- Unwarranted blame and criticism: being constantly blamed for mistakes, even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
- Unfair treatment: unequal workloads, being given impossible deadlines, and being overlooked for promotions or opportunities.
- Harassment: including sexual harassment, racial harassment, and other forms of discrimination.
- Cyberbullying: using technology, such as email, social media, or instant messaging, to harass or intimidate someone at work.
It’s important to note that workplace bullying is not always easy to recognize, and some of the behaviors listed above may be more subtle in nature. However, if you feel like your work environment is affecting your mental or physical health, it may be a sign that you’re experiencing workplace bullying.
Florida Laws on Workplace Bullying
In some circumstances, workplace bullying can rise to the level of harassment or discrimination. In Florida, any form of discrimination or harassment is considered illegal and can be grounds for a lawsuit if not addressed properly by the employer.
Can You Sue Your Employer for Workplace Bullying?
It depends on the circumstances of the situation. In Florida, it’s often illegal for an employer to create a hostile work environment or engage in discriminatory practices. This means that if you have experienced workplace bullying, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer.
What Should You Do If You’re Being Bullied At Work?
If you’re being bullied at work, the most important thing is to document the incidents. Keep a record of dates and times, make note of any relevant conversations, and save any emails or messages that could support your case. This will help you prove that bullying has taken place if you decide to pursue legal action.
You should also report the harassment or discrimination to your supervisor or the HR department. Depending on the company’s policies, they may be able to address the situation internally and provide you with a resolution. If not, speaking with an experienced workplace bullying lawyer can help you determine your legal options and protect your rights.
Contact Us For a Free Consultation
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we understand the serious impact workplace bullying can have on individuals and their families. We are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights, prevent further bullying, and get the compensation they deserve. We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action. Contact us today to get started.