Bullied out of the office

Re: ‘How to handle an office bully’ (Metro, July 22)

Your article brought back bad memories of how unfairly and illegally I was treated in ALL of my past office jobs.

It was horrible! Being a single female and a new employee at an entry-level position was all it took.

I was targeted at every job from both men and women. It got to the point where I would inform/complain to Human Resources to handle the situation, but because I was new and at a low-paying position, it was overlooked and the mistreatment would continue. Speaking up to the person didn’t work for me. I was young and wasn’t taken seriously.

I learned over time that using the word “attorney” has a lot of power. I was forced to seek legal help at times in order to rightfully receive unemployment benefits as a result of the companies failure to put a stop to the abuse and allow me to keep my job.

Thank you for the article!

Laureen Petrillo, via email


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