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Workplace bullying of disabled staff is a very real problem which is rarely addressed by management who would rather cover it up than stop the bullying. As someone who is disabled I already have more than enough to cope with in managing my health problems, dealing with the side affects of my medication and generally trying to make the best out of my situation. However, being bullied at work for many years was not helpful, needed and was not something I welcomed but unfortunately nothing was done about it and I have ended up with more health issues that I neither wanted, required or asked for as a result. In my case the bully took great pleasure in bullying me especially since they knew that management couldn’t touch them because they would make false complaints about them. Unfortunately disability discrimination in the workplace is rife and it can destroy someone’s life because the person being bullied is alone, not supported by colleagues who are either scared of the bully, scared that the bully will make vexatious complaints about them or prefer to bury their head in the sand. I suspect many disabled people who want to work resign because of workplace bullying and it is something which needs to be highlighted because sometimes this protected characteristic is forgotten about and being disabled is hard enough without the dread of going into work and knowing you have to face yet more abuse whilst nothing is done. I wish bullies would think before they choose what they deem to be an easy target before they start bullying and harassing someone who is disabled because bullying someone is a choice and can destroy someone’s life.
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