Post # 1
Somehow, at work, my boss found out that I am a democrat. I believe it stems from some of the people there talking about the first debate, and I said something to the effect of “Even I can admit that Obama lost that first debate.” Since then, he has been sending me emails about how Obama is terrible and Mitt Romney is like the ultimate godsend. Whatever, I know people have differing opinions and I respect that, so I don’t let it get under my skin. It’s not changing how I vote, but if it’s something he enjoys doing, have at it.
Until 10 minutes ago.
Someone brought up air safety strikes in Europe. He, completely unprovoked, started screaming, “YES. IT HAPPENS ALL THE F***KING TIME OVER THERE. IT’S A GIANT SOCIALIST STATE LIKE RUBYROAD10 WANTS.”
Across the open bullpen where we work. In front of eight other people who do not share my opinion (not that it really matters). I responded by saying something to the effect “I’m sorry, I thought this was America and that it was ok to have different opinions.” I held my composure for a few minutes and then I went in my car and cried. I don’t know what to do. There’s no reasoning with that. I have NEVER sent or said anything abrasive pushing my beliefs, and I feel like I’m getting bullied.
Has anyone else been mocked at their workplace over politics?
Post # 3
WOAH! Time to print those emails and march over to HR. Would one of those co-workers be a witness to the harassment you just encountered?
SO unacceptable. I would be in HR this second!
Post # 4
I personally have not been bullied at work for my political choice however you were correct in stating that this is America and everyone has a right to their own opinion. Your superior is a bully. No one should have the ability to make you feel less than you are. Just as Eleanor Roosevelt wrote “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I am a firm believer of this statement..
Post # 5
Defiantely take the emails to HR. Tell them what happened and scheulde a meeting with your rep and boss to let him know how uncomfortable he is making you with his comments and emails.
This is not ok.
Post # 6
I agree with both other bees – print those bad boys out and take them to HR. Honestly you could sue for harrassment and have no issues winning. Emails are considered evidence in court now-a-days.
PS – your boss sounds like a real idiot. Not based on his political views…but doing this to you? Does he honestly not think he could get into trouble??
Post # 7
This is not ok. You should not be bullied for your political viewpoint at your job. Please print out the emails and go to HR.
Post # 8
Thank God I work for the federal government. We aren’t supposed to discuss politics at work. We can’t run for office in partisian elections. Hell, we can’t even have anything bigger than a standard bumper sticker on our car for a partisian candidate. In fact, if you’ve met and had your picture taken with the president, that picture cannot be displayed on your desk until after the election. I also think we’re supposed to take down the official presidential portrait (displayed in many offices to show chain of command).
Post # 9
Whoa. I’m really sorry this is going on. So, so out of line. Does your company have an HR rep?
Post # 10
Before going to HR I’d probably try to speak to your boss and explain how that makes you feel uncomfortable. I can’t imagine taking my boss to HR and then having to continue working for him/her, and likewise if someone who worked for Me had was uncomfortable with something I was doing I’d rather they raised it with me first, and give me the opportunity to rectify it.
Post # 11
I’m agreeing with the going to HR comments. So sorry you have to endure that. Politics are ugly.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
((hugs)) I am so, so sorry this happened to you and I hope that you will take this to HR. I never, ever discuss politics in the office as 99% percent of my co-workers are liberal and I truly fear what would happen to me and my job if anyone knew my political affliation.
A co-worker of mine did find out once (he’s no longer working for us anymore thankfully) And he told me that every single Republican – including me – should be shipped to Syria and tortured. I did have to leave the office and cry in the bathroom for a while. I couldn’t believe that I was being judged so harshly simply because of my political beliefs. No deserves to be bullied/treated like that.
Post # 13
I’m not sure where you work, but a lot of workplace would NOT tolerate that type of behavior (from him). That’s aggressive and bullying.
It is was me, I’d check into making a formal complaint (to an umbundsman or someone *higher* than him) and if possible, change jobs (although I understand this is not always possible.)
Post # 14
Wow, yeah you need to report this crap. I work in an office where it’s against about 500 regulations to talk politics, so this is amazing to me.
Post # 15
That’s unacceptable, no matter what your political views are.
I’m sorry that you were embarassed like that. It was completely uncalled for.
Some people don’t understand the concept of “agree to disagree.”
Post # 16
@Mrs. Ginger: I wonder if this paticular situation is so sensitive that it’s best to involve HR right away? I would normally agree that a chain of command should be followed, but nothing about this man tells me he’d handle this well.