Mobbing. The border between the concept of mobbing and discrimination is very thin. Both phenomena are usually 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 collaborators.

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: Mrs. 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 Mrs. Magdalena’s competences. Such situation lasted for several months, which led Mrs. Magdalena to depression, as a result of which she spent two months on sick leave.