WORKING THROUGH BILL 168-My Story cont’d
” I believe i’m being bullied and harassed in my workplace. I want management to acknowledge it is happening and I want it to stop! “
The next morning, I was about to leave my car when the Program Director approached me in the parking lot. She asked me to leave my purse and any other items in the trunk and to follow her. I asked what this was about and she told me there was someone that was hired by the agency to investigate my complaint. She said she couldn’t remember the persons name or cridentials but, that I would have a chance to ask questions and find out more during the interview. She continued to escort me to the Executive Directors office where a tiny woman was waiting.
The woman appeared to be east indian and spoke with a big voice. She said her name but didn’t quite catch it. That’s ok, she said, you can get it later. She said that she usually works for big corporations and they pay her a lot of money. She said it was unfortunate that things could not be worked out with the agency, after all non-profit agencies don’t have a lot of money for this sort of thing. She said I would be shocked if I knew what the agency was spending on me. I suggested she donate her talent in this case sense it was costing the agency so much. She laughed and asked me what happened. As I told my story, she interrupted me several times with questions. As the conversation continued, it became clear to me that she seemed to have already spoken to management. When I told her about my paid being docked 15 mins, she said it was because I was not on time. I told her that was incorrect. I said it was my day off and there was specific time on my part and I asked her to follow up with the Collective Agreement about employees being asked to come to work on their day off. Again she insisted that 15mins is no big deal. I said I worked for it and it should be given back if it’s not important to the agency. I suggested it was an issue of power and bullying. I went on to talk about job responsibilities being taken away, community agencies being told to copy all correspondence to my supervisor, being excluded from meetings, and collegues being afraid to talk to me. I could feel myself getting tense as the truth gushed out and…she told me that she had heard enough. She asked me what I wanted in order to resolve the matter. It took me a minute to catch my breath, then iI said ” I believe i’m being bullied and harassed in my workplace. I want management to acknowleged it is happening and I want it to stop ! ” …TO BE CONTINUED