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How to write a complaint letter about bullying

Updated March 24, 2017

Bullying is not just a problem for the playground. Adults can be bullied, too, especially at work. If you feel like you are being pushed around, harassed, overly criticised, humiliated, isolated or unfairly overloaded at work, then you might be victimised and bullied by one or more co-workers. If this is the case, you have the option of writing a letter of complaint about being bullied to your boss to try to work through the situation and get something done about this unfair treatment.

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  1. Write the letter to your direct superior. Address your superior in the greeting, such as: "Dear Mr. Smith."

  2. Explain in the first paragraph of the letter that you are writing to describe unfair or intolerable working conditions. Name the specific employees who are doing the bullying and for how long this behaviour has been going on.

  3. Talk about the specific nature of the bullying in the following paragraphs. Include dates for each incidence you describe. Keep your emotions out of your letter and describe facts only.

  4. Describe the impact that the bullying has had on you personally and professionally, such as stress, anxiety, headaches, sleeplessness, lack of self-worth, lack of concentration, fear or failure to execute job responsibilities on schedule.

  5. Tell your supervisor how you would like to resolve this situation. Give your supervisor a deadline to privately approach the employee who bullied you and implement the company's policy for dealing with harassment, as this type of behaviour is unacceptable in the work environment. The supervisor should stress that there is a real consequence for any continued bad behaviour, in accordance with the law, as opposed to just a vague warning without accountability.

  6. Sign and date the complaint letter so that it is official before you give it to your supervisor. Make a copy of the letter for yourself in case you need to take the bullying issue a step higher in your organisation.

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About the Author

Mike Johnson has been working as a writer since 2005, specializing in fitness, health, sports, recreational activities and relationship advice. He has also had short stories published in literary journals such as "First Class Magazine." Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in education and history from Youngstown State University.

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