Like many Florida employees, you may now be doing a large portion of your work online. In the past few months, many employers have shifted certain parts of their operations and allowed workers to do their jobs from the comfort and safety of their own homes. You may now be interacting with many of your coworkers and others primarily through Zoom meetings, Skype, email and other platforms.
This does not mean that you are safe from discrimination, harassment and bullying. In fact, it’s possible that cyberbullying is actually a greater concern now for you and others who do much of their work online. Still, your employer has an obligation to provide a work environment that is professional and respectful. If you are dealing with any type of cyberbullying, you do not have to suffer in silence.
What should your employer do?
Employers play a crucial role in the fight against cyberbullying. There should be strict policies in place that prevent any type of harassment or discrimination, and it should be clear that these standards apply to the digital workplace as well. Employers interested in protecting the safety of their remote workers may find the following steps helpful:
- Make all polices clear and easily understood by all employees. There have been many changes over the last few months, but employers should communicate that anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies have not.
- Make it easy for employee to report. If there is a problem with cyberbullying, workers should have a clear and discreet way to report the offender without fear of embarrassment or dismissal of concerns.
- Be compliant and committed. Employees should feel their bosses are truly committed to their well-being and will strive to make sure everyone is compliant with standards.
When there is a problem with harassment in the form of cyberbullying, it may be difficult to speak out. You may fear that no one will believe you or that you are being overly sensitive. Do not let your fears or assumptions keep you from getting the support and guidance you deserve.
Protect your interests
If you are the victim of workplace harassment in the form of cyberbullying, you have the right to speak out about what you experienced. An assessment of your case with an experienced attorney can help you understand what legal options are available to you. You do not have to suffer in silence or continue to out up with demeaning treatment online from a co-worker or employer.