Don’t Tolerate Mental Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment includes all types of offensive behavior which is intended to upset or show disgrace to an individual. Any behavior of a person, a group of people, colleagues, and even the boss or senior are also included in harassment and these are all punishable offenses.

In India there are several strict laws and regulations present in the legal system for bullying anyone in the workplace. These laws are supposed to address all types of workplace harassment including discrimination, sexual and mental/psychological irritation caused by the employer.

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Mental harassment or psychological harassment becomes a common problem in the workplaces now a day. Whether it is public sector or private sector, individuals are bullied, tortured and harassed mentally by the employer or colleagues.

Mental harassment not only make impact on the person’s mental health but also sense of well-being. If the amount of harassment increases, psychological impacts also increases. When stress goes unabated, it affects both a victim’s physical and mental health.

Psychological/emotional injuries due to mental harassment include anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression, stress, shame, guilt, and sense of injustice.

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When kids bully each other in the school, they are blamed for misconduct and punished. However, some adults too have the same habits of bullying their colleagues and sub-ordinates and for this they hardly get any punishments.

There is no one to throw an abusive and rude employer/boss out of the office because he/she growls at his/her employees in the most disgusting manner and makes them work till their last breath (after regular working hours). As a matter of fact, many employers/bosses start considering themselves as GOD of the office who can act according to his own whims towards his/her employees.

Discrimination at workplace

Discrimination at workplace is possibly the commonest form of harassment that most office goers have suffered at least once in their professional life. Discrimination can be made on the basis of complexion, religion, age, gender and origin. Harassment at workplace could mean abusive behavior by employee intending to disgrace and upset an individual. This individual could be both male and female.

Any upsetting behavior by colleagues, neighbors, and a group of people, supervisor, employee or the boss is all considered to be harassment. The laws are supposed to address all types of workplace harassment which includes discrimination or psychological irritation that is caused by the employer. In these terms the laws are same for men as well as women.

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Furthermore, the laws that allows you to report any discrimination in regards to gender, age, complexion, religion, and caste also takes a step further. If your employee is not giving you salary slip, or even not paying your salary, then you have all the rights to report such a case.

Following are some common example of workplace harassment:

  • Dispersion of untrue rumors, scandals at the workplace.
  • Isolating an individual socially and professionally in the office.
  • Threatening a person or dominating him/her unfairly.
  • Deliberately discouraging a person.
  • Physical abuse or intimidating someone with abusive languages.
  • Eliminating one from his roles and responsibilities without any reason.
  • Imposing unrealistic deadlines intentionally to make an individual fail.
  • Holding back important information or providing wrong information.
  • Cracking offensive jokes, especially in front of or about female colleagues.
  • Causing unnecessary pressure on a particular person by assigning heavy workload when others are free.
  • Screaming or abusing verbally on an employee.
  • Intentionally and unreasonably criticizing an individual on regular basis.
  • Holding back deserved leaves, promotions and payments.

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Actions that you can take against Harassment:

When any of the above happens to an individual, it indicates that he/she is suffering from harassment. Be it the employer or co-workers, there are legal terms via which the offenders can be punished.

Indian constitution provides gender, racial and religious equality as the ‘Fundamental Right’ of the residents of the country in Part III, Articles- 14, 15, 16 which implies for the workplace as well. Hence one faces discrimination by the employer because of his/her race, complexion, gender, caste or origin; he/she can immediately seek legal advice by consulting with a lawyer.

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However, if employees and workers do not become aware of their fundamental employee rights, it is almost impossible for the law and order system to protect them from the offensive employer activities. Also the workers of any company, or organization should have mutual integrity which will help them fight such issues more effectively.


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19 thoughts on “Don’t Tolerate Mental Harassment in the Workplace

  1. I have a severe traumatic brain injury and worked at the court itself and was fired when I had a seizure.
    I worked for 4 years there.
    The court fought me three three times but I won
    Each time getting unemployment.
    The EEOC is in the courthouse itself and there must have been collusion between the two .

    The

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  2. HI Rashmi ,

    Seeking your help on this –
    Little Introduction about me-

    I am IT private sector employee ,I am software Engineer by my Profession in TOP MNC in India .

    I am recognized every time for my Work from my seniors and Even Managers.Everyone knows what kind of work I am doing by putting my level Best .

    Problem :

    We are having weekend working because ,every time our delivery managers Says project is not in Good condition so you have to work on weekends ,And I am fine with that as well .(I worked on my many weekends and from home and even on my sick leave days I worked ) . One day my Manager forced me to work on Weekend ,I said sir I am having some personal commitments I wont come this weekend because of very short notice ,He forced me to drop a mail to him keeping our Heads in CC .So dropped him a mail saying I am having health issues because of late night working for project deliverables ,Issues Nose bleeding (rise in body heat) ,mouth ulcer (rise in body heat) ,Dental care as well .

    On that he escalated me to our heads ,And heads also from his side ,they know He is wrong still they are supporting him .For my health issues ,I got escalated ? What is the sense behind this and On top of that he tried to say you are immature and unprofessional .

    In the Organization where People Health concerns are not the Concern But the ‘Excuse’ why should I work there ,and Put down my resignation very next day .

    After my Resignation day till yesterday I don’t have any problem because I am taking them in positive way .But yesterday again weekend working is there (I am serving my Notice period already) ,I came to office and I am doing my work and left from office after some time ,because I am having some work to do which I already told my senior members .

    Now my mangers comes in office ,he asked me on phone Where are you ? I told him Currently I am having my lunch and whenever I come I will definitely going to complete my wok. And he said Ok . Now After some time he dropped a mail keeping HR and heads that Where are you ? and then again one mail after some hours .

    What kind of behavior is this ? He crossed every aspect of decency .My seniors replied that Amey is the best team member we have ,he is doing fabulous so why is doing such micro management on me ?

    Can you please suggest ? What can I do on this ? I am feeling tortured because of this .

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  3. HI Rashmi ,

    Seeking your help on this –
    Little Introduction about me-

    I am IT private sector employee ,I am software Engineer by my Profession in TOP MNC in India .

    I am recognized every time for my Work from my seniors and Even Managers.Everyone knows what kind of work I am doing by putting my level Best .

    Problem :

    We are having weekend working because ,every time our delivery managers Says project is not in Good condition so you have to work on weekends ,And I am fine with that as well .(I worked on my many weekends and from home and even on my sick leave days I worked ) . One day my Manager forced me to work on Weekend ,I said sir I am having some personal commitments I wont come this weekend because of very short notice ,He forced me to drop a mail to him keeping our Heads in CC .So dropped him a mail saying I am having health issues because of late night working for project deliverables ,Issues Nose bleeding (rise in body heat) ,mouth ulcer (rise in body heat) ,Dental care as well .

    On that he escalated me to our heads ,And heads also from his side ,they know He is wrong still they are supporting him .For my health issues ,I got escalated ? What is the sense behind this and On top of that he tried to say you are immature and unprofessional .

    In the Organization where People Health concerns are not the Concern But the ‘Excuse’ why should I work there ,and Put down my resignation very next day .

    After my Resignation day till yesterday I don’t have any problem because I am taking them in positive way .But yesterday again weekend working is there (I am serving my Notice period already) ,I came to office and I am doing my work and left from office after some time ,because I am having some work to do which I already told my senior members .

    Now my mangers comes in office ,he asked me on phone Where are you ? I told him Currently I am having my lunch and whenever I come I will definitely going to complete my wok. And he said Ok . Now After some time he dropped a mail keeping HR and heads that Where are you ? and then again one mail after some hours .

    What kind of behavior is this ? He crossed every aspect of decency .My seniors replied that Parag is the best team member we have ,he is doing fabulous so why is doing such micro management on me ?

    Can you please suggest ? What can I do on this ? I am feeling tortured because of this .

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    1. Hi Parag. Thanks for sharing your problem with us. In my opinion we do job to live a happy and prosperous life. Every time money doesn’t bring happiness. We need work friendly environment too for our inner peace. I felt that while reading your problem, you are suffering from depression due to an imbalance between your personal and professional lives as well as bad behaviour from your superiors.
      It is a very common problem faced my many people working in private sectors. If you believe in yourself and have talent, you should change this company immediately before it causes a severe depression.
      Choose a company where you can do a respectful job with job satisfaction. Even if you get lesser salary compared to the present company.
      Another thing I want to advise you that you should make a complaint about your delivery manager to the higher authority. So that, he can’t do the same thing with other employees which he has done with you. He is mentally torturing you and he has no right to do this.
      I hope my solution will help you. 🙂

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    2. Hi Parag,

      Even I m also facing the same situation in my office also, let us all file a petition so that government should make some strong laws against bullying at work place.

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  4. i am harrassed by mentaly in my office mngt staff i cant complaint my boss he has listening them only he wont linsten me .they are torturing me for leaving job by myself but i dont want loose job .i need do some action on them.

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    1. Hello, this problem is very common now a days. Did you ever tell your boss about what you are suffering from? If not, do it now. If he don’t take any action go to higher authority and make a written complain officially. You shouldn’t tolerate any kind of mental harassment. If you won’t protest against it, then they will be encouraged to do these kind of things more and more with you and others like you. So, please protest against it.

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  5. Hi this is not regarding any sexual harassment at work place but a pain of a wife due to the new trend of making external relationship at work place by the spouse. First itself the company don’t recruit couples in the office,secondly if something happens wrong around is also ignored delebretly then how a married life will be protected because all the nonsense things are happening in the so called great MNC companies with the knowledge of colleagues just for fun but the family values and love is getting spoiled no one relize. What solution we women at home are going to get at last. If they are able to find out the mistake of their partners wrong doing they are immotional blackmailed so is there any solution for this problem. The colleagues calling spouse after working hrs for long hrs and then chatting in WhatsApp and on weekends only that is the time when the wife get little time to spend her time with her husband that time is also utilized by the female colleague then what the wife supposed to do.

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  6. Naomi: I recently started working full time at retail store that sells skin and body care. This company is very large in 60 countries and within my first 90days I’ve alreasy been issued a final warning for accounts that were not clearly documented by the persons involved. Following up with HR representatives I was not given a choice to change stores nor has my workplace been an environment which I feel safe. I’m under constant pressure by my supervisor to not speak up or take credit or complain about anything. When I try to voice needs or request time off I’m denied. Superiors will not let me transfer and I have also been subjected to missing breaks and not given a lunch within 5hrs of my shift…. CA labor laws are here for a reason what should I do???

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  7. From the USA. What if you work in a state that has a right to fire. Harassment, targeting, even blatantly telling people can’t handle it then quit. Plus been there 3 years with no review. Or raise. Any advice

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  8. My Boss and my other Some Gents staff Syndicate and make folls picture and Trapped me . And they are Maintal Harreshment with me. My life is totally disturbing. After all I am women. Chamcha yug. Aour kya? Chamcho ka jada sunte hai. Log.

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  9. My harassment is broadcast in my city and they say im hearing voices but last night i recorded them and you can hear it Cleary its a boadcast i guess but you can hear it i was told he works for the law im sure its true cause he been busted twice and still out

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  10. Constant Mental harassment from management, Principal in charge and a colleague, including sexully colored remarks, I was even taken to hospital from the college and was admitted at cardiac Icu, manager objected my medical leave, finally ordered compulsory retirement. After awhile I gathered strength and succeeded in charging the case, IPC 504, 354 A, in spite of the strong influence of the Management. But still the accused persons continue in their service with the support of the Management. Iam doomed to suffer without salary or pension, it is 15 months. A senior professor with two masters degree and PhD, Reader, Research Supervisor.. 30 years of academic experience. As I am very strict, they purposely kept me away from the Principal post. Instead they put in charge an unqualified person. Owing to his misconduct l lost my job.. Now lam happy, fully engaged in legal fight

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  11. Dear advisor,
    I am Sr. Executive Engineer in a private firm. But last 2 months I am suffering mentally torture by my QA manager, I also complain against him to plant head. But no solution comes out and continuously do the same activity. They only prefer the telugu people and all telugu persons are captured in heigher position. However, the QA person complain to my HOD against small small issues. Please suggest.

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  12. I worked in a private firm where my boss make jokes n comments the way I take time for my make n dress .he calls me headless chicken stupid staff n u r old horse we shud shoot u etc when I was late one day he said to take lethal injection n sleep for ever when I was about to fall from a broken chair like thin he had I told him people can claim u for this n he replied if want to claim go under the bus n claim he also says I got fake certificate from India and I have to learn to speak English he always demean degrade and discriminate me I worked for him for 12 yrs and now I feel I am so mentally abused n tortured by him don’t know what to do

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