Sometimes I feel that when you are at the bottom of the hierarchy, it is difficult to defend your rights.
Someone close to me got bullied at work. Even blue collar workers can become victims of office politics. An old bird
talked behind her back, and the boss called her in. Barely a few weeks into the job.
First sentence, "why did you take leave?
" Instructed by the supervisor to take forced leave and still get questioned... Next, "people say you are unhappy with work.
" Seriously, this is not a clown job, why must put on a smile from 9-5? Next, "coworkers say you are antisocial.
" Just because I don't follow them to go shopping during office hour and you tag me as antisocial?
Then the usual convenient offences: bad attitude, disobey order from superior, blah blah. And the usual threat: performance bonus. (seriously, people nowadays don't understand the meaning of the word "bonus", do they?) And the usual final words: "if you can't cope, you can write a letter and that's it. Give me a reply by tomorrow
". Just because it is harder for you to sack the person you make her resign herself, and even so, you make it difficult by making her write a letter. If she can write a proper resignation letter, why would she take up this job in the first place?
The lower you are, the harder it is for you to seek redress. Sometimes I think getting a good education and climbing up the hierarchy is also for protecting yourself.