Spartanburg, SC asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: I am bullied daily at work. complained but no results. I have had severe emotional stress/suicidal thoughts. Can I sue?

2 Lawyer Answers

Bruce Alexander Minnick

  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: If you feel you are being discriminated against at work you should either contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington DC or contact the corresponding state agency in South Carolina that also handles these claims.

Kirk Angel

  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Possible, but likely not. Workplace bullying is not unlawful in this state. The only time that you would be able to file a claim for bullying is if it arises to the level of unlawful harassment (pretty much synonymous with the term "hostile environment." Harassment is unlawful only if it is directed toward you based on a protected class such as race, color, sex etc. If it is not, then there might be some limited circumstances where you could sue the person who is bullying you for some form of emotional distress.

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