A workplace is to be a place where you can get your work done in relative peace, without facing harassment or abuse from your coworkers. Yet, so many Wisconsin workers deal with verbal abuse constantly, violating their employees’ rights. While this may be becoming more common, you do not have to tolerate it.
An estimated 35 percent of all employees in the United States say they have been bullied at one time or another, the most common form of which is verbal abuse. For many different reasons, such as fear of retaliation or being looked down upon, verbal abuse from coworkers, supervisors and others goes unreported. As such, it is often the job of the business owner to be vigilant for this and other forms of bullying and to stop it before it ever starts.
The easiest way to be proactive in these cases is to have company-wide training regarding bullying. Many times, the offender is not aware that their words and actions are being perceived as abuse. By laying down rules regarding the matter, you can prevent many instances of bullying. In addition, employees should know they can speak to a company leader about the situation without repercussion.
If employers do not take control of any bullying problem in their workplace, it could prove to be costly. OSHA could find the company financially responsible for not providing a safe work environment. If you have faced verbal abuse in the workplace and nothing has been done to stop it, an employment law attorney may be able to help you claim compensation.