Thursday 25 September 2003 9.19am
Is there any of our wonderful readers of this site able to give advice about victimisation/ workplace bullying?
One of my neighbours has a son of 22 who as a child had slightly delayed developement. He attended special schools to help him, he is not your average 22 year old , the best way to describe him is younger than his years...his mum is of the opinion that finding his dad dead from a heart attack as a small child affected him.
He has grown into a clean, pleasant boy who has never been in trouble, is inoffensive and polite.
He worked as an estate cleaner employed by an agency for a year, then Southwark Council
took over the cleaning company meaning that the lad is now employed by Southwark Cleaning Dept., He had worked for the agency for a year with no complaints about his work, and with barely a day off sick and with out a break for holidays.
However since his permanent employment with Southwark he has endured various forms of which I believe is victimisation, bullying and intimidation. When he complained about his Team Leader and Manager he was moved to another section of the cleaning department. Things improved slightly , then it seems that when his new colleagues found about his complaints they too decided to ' hound' him.
He is being told constantly that he is being watched, being told he is going to be sacked, told off for not picking up a leaf ( in Autumn!) He is jeered at, one of his ' superiors' tossed a pound coin on the floor told him to pick it up and go and get him a drink, which the lad did....What an easy target for them....
The list is endless..
All this irreprehensible behaviour towards him has made his childhood stutter return and he has now developed a nervous cough and tic. His G.P. signed him off for two weeks with stress and was reluctant to let him return to work. The Doctor has also written a letter on the lads behalf.
To try and keep it brief, which is very difficult for me! what can be done to help this young lad? Because of the difficulties he now has it will be very difficult for [name] to work with the constant barrage of abuse he seems to be receiving on a daily basis, and his bosses seem to be ignoring it. His request to moved to back to another area where he used to work for the agency are not being taken seriously.
What should this lad and his Mum do next?
p.s. could not remember if irreprehensible was the right word, but threw it in anyway!
Post edited (25 Sep 03 21:18)
and the porcine element takes to the sky...