First, before you quit, make sure that you have filed a formal complaint with the human resources department or your supervisor’s manager. A formal complaint lists all grievances in writing. Make note of the date that this document was provided to human resources and management. Do not assume that everyone knows about the bully. Even if they do, in order to legally protect yourself, you need to put your grievance in writing and formally present it to your employer.
Second, see if someone in human resources or the supervisor’s manager will take your side and assist in stopping the bullying. You must give people adequate time to respond to your request for action. Follow up with these people. Ask what is being done to solve the problem and when you can expect to see a change in behavior. Be polite and patient, but be determined to end the bullying.
Third, if human resources or management refuses to stop the bullying or is unable to change it, then, again in writing, request a different job that will keep you away from the bully. If there is nowhere for you to go, then you need to do two more things:
1. have a local employment attorney review your case to see if the law allows charges to be brought; and,
2. start looking for another job.
In many employment cases, the employer will come to any legal hearing with the excuse of not knowing about the problem. It is up to the employee to prove with evidence, such as copies of written complaints given to human resources, that not only did the employer know about the bullying, but the employer did nothing to stop the problem.
A strong word of caution here. Those of us who have been victimized by the bully boss get to that point where all we really want to do is to run away from the problem. It takes courage to stand and fight even when you are in the right. While running away is a very good survival instinct, you really should try to work things out in the above manner before quitting your job. The majority of states do not allow a person to collect unemployment benefits if he or she quits, so unless you have a job lined up, try and stick it out.