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5 things not to do regarding workplace bullying

In all of the cliches, bullying happens in middle school. The bully is the bigger kid taking the smaller kid's lunch money or the football jock picking on the kids in the band.

Cliches don't always tell the whole story, though. Bullying doesn't always end in grade school. Even as a young adult and a recent college graduate, you can be bullied in the workplace. It could even venture into the realms of sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, gender, race, or many other factors. A workplace bully can be infuriating, but here are five things you should not do when dealing with a bully:

4 things you should do after sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment at work is a troublesome occurrence that can impact you emotionally, physically and mentally. Your mind might be so full of thoughts because of the harassment that you can't really think clearly. Take these steps after sexual harassment at work.

Combatting the workplace bully

Bullying isn't limited to the schoolyard. It can be experienced in multiple environments throughout your life. When it happens in personal situations, such as with a stranger or even a family member, you may be willing to aggressively stand up for yourself.

But what do you do if it happens in the workplace? What if a supervisor in a professional setting bullies you? Simply because you are younger, have less experience, and are in a subordinate position does not mean that you should be subjected to mistreatment in the office.

4 things pregnant women should know about discrimination

Now that you have learned the joyous news that you are pregnant, you might start to wonder how that will affect your employment. All pregnant women, as well as those who are breastfeeding, have specific rights when it comes to working.

Knowing your rights can help you know what to expect as you venture through your pregnancy and new motherhood. If your employer isn't abiding by these laws, you can take action against them to remedy the situation.

Workplace discrimination can be made to look like something else

Most employers already know that there are laws prohibiting them from discriminating against certain protected classes of workers. However, that doesn't mean that certain types of back-door discrimination don't take place every day.

For instance, if you are an older worker with colleagues who are decades younger than you and you work in a youth-centered industry, your employer is not going to be able to terminate your employment simply because you're well into your 50s. But that doesn't mean that he or she can't try to set you up to fail.

If you have been sexually harassed in your workplace, what should your next steps be?

Living with sexual harassment in your life is never easy and it can take a massive toll on your overall well-being. It can affect men and women alike and can turn an otherwise pleasant professional situation into an environment of fear and mistreatment. Unfortunately, it is all too common in modern workplaces.

Recent polls have shown that as many as 1 out of every 3 women between the ages of 18 and 36 have been sexually harassed in their places of employment. Despite these staggering statistics, the majority of cases go unreported. Many victims do not report their harassment because they fear for their continued employment and they are concerned that they may lose their jobs if they report their harassers or because they are not sure what steps they should take if they do choose to seek help. Here are some steps for those looking to move toward justice in their workplace.

You're fired! The guide to political talk in the workplace

With less than two weeks to go until the 2016 Presidential election, political news coverage and opinions are at an all time high. Perhaps they have even trickled into the water cooler talk in your workplace. Although you likely have a few friends at work with whom you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts, not everyone agrees that political talk in the workplace is a banner idea.

Although there are workplace anti-discrimination laws in the United States, whether or not your political opinion is a protected area of employment remains a gray area in many states. The phrase "You're fired!" made Republican candidate Donald Trump famous, but it is not a phrase that you want to be turned on you at your job.

Wells Fargo under investigation for bullying workers

Performance goals are common in the workplace. Most businesses rely on metrics to evaluate employees for performance reviews, goals and making business-decisions regarding staffing. In recent weeks the media have been running a succession of articles concerning potentially questionable business practices at the financial giant Wells Fargo. The company allegedly created an atmosphere that required employees to open up new accounts without authorization (or even the knowledge) of the bank's many customers.

Roughly 5,300 Workers Terminated In The Past 5 Years

Now, federal officials are concerned that the company may have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to an Associated Press report in the StarTribune. Several United States senators asked the Labor department to investigate potential bullying in the company aimed at pressuring employees to meet sales goals through the questionable practice of opening unauthorized accounts to generate new revenues for the bank. Reports indicate the bank has fired roughly 5,300 employees since 2011. It is not clear if officials believe all of the terminations were in retaliation for workers' refusals to engage in potentially questionable business practices.

Recent news accounts highlight that discrimination and harassment persist

When celebrities, athletes and people in high-profile positions assert their rights, the media often jumps to attention to find every angle to explore. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as putting topics on the public agenda can bring awareness and open discussion concerning important issues. In recent weeks, two stories of oppression and harassment have been making waves in traditional and social media outlets throughout the country (and beyond.)

Colin Kaepernick decided to use his status as a platform to give others a voice in fighting social injustice. Other players are joining in, according to Fox Sports. A second story of note is the recent settlement between Fox News and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

You Too Can Have A Voice To End Workplace Discrimination And Harassment

Workplace bullying or harassment? Why the difference matters

Anyone who has faced mistreatment or abuse from a coworker or boss knows the lasting emotional harm that can result. If you think you're being bullied or harassed at work, it's a good idea to talk to your human resources department right away to try to improve the situation. But if the situation is getting bad enough that you're wondering about legal action, it's important to know the difference between bullying - which isn't usually illegal, except in rare extreme cases - and harassment, which can be illegal if it's on the basis of your membership in a protected class.

Sexual harassment is often the first type of harassment that comes to mind, but employees are also protected under federal law and the Missouri Human Rights Act from harassment based on race, religion, disability, age and other characteristics.