Mobbing (Workplace bullying)

  • The line between the concept of mobbing and discrimination is very thin. Both phenomena are often confused. Victims of mobbing often face classic manifestations of discrimination; therefore, we have decided to include an example of mobbing in the discrimination tag (although it should be remembered that mobbing is not discrimination).
    • On the grounds of the Labour Code, this concept is defined as any actions or behaviours concerning an employee or directed against an employee, consisting in:
      • persistent and long-time harassment or intimidation,
      • which cause an underestimation of professional usefulness,
      • humiliate or ridicule,
      • isolate or eliminate an employee from a team of workplace colleagues.
  • Mobbing may take different types of behaviours, as a result of which a given person feels inferior, excluded, isolated and loses self-esteem.
  • Such situations may take different forms:
    • unjustified, continuous critic, mockery, humiliation, ignoring, spreading gossips, forcing to perform harder works, assigning works exceeding capacities or competences of a given person in order to emphasise his/her lack of professional usefulness.

An example of mobbing: Magdalena has been employed at a new company. From the moment of starting her work, the direct supervisor has been constantly mocking her in the presence of other co-workers, summoned her to her office, where she assigned her additional tasks, exceeding Magdalena’s competences. Such situation lasted for several months, which led Magdalena to depression, as a result of which she spent two months on sick leave.