The ethics of working with an abuser

Wednesday 4 January, 2023
by Anonymous

harrassed worker head in hands

You are a new employee and have quickly become aware that one of your colleagues from a diverse background has been quite upset and struggling with PTSD from a verbal harasser the bank still employs. The harasser is a typical confident male, sociable, and senior star performer of the bank.

Your colleaugue informs you that they have spent hours seeking external support from counsellors and psychologists to get by, but being a small team they still have to work closely with their harasser, and it significantly impacts their mental health.

What would you do?

Please share your ethical dilemmas with us - we can post them anonymously. You can email your dilemmas to  dilemma@thebfo.org

Photo source: Beyond Blue

Comments

There are 2 comments for The ethics of working with an abuser.

Re: The ethics of working with an abuser

Thursday 12 January, 2023
by Kath
Ask them if there is anything I can do to support them .. eg attend HR and support them to raise the issue with Management

Re: The ethics of working with an abuser

Thursday 12 January, 2023
by Mark
I would support my colleague in by:
a) Finding out what steps, if any, they have already taken to address this internally with supervisor/manager/HR
b) Supporting/encouraging them to take any steps internally
c) Addressing the harasser directly if I witness the harassment first-hand

Leave a Comment

Join the conversation. Your email address will not be published.

Required fields are marked: This is a required field.

Add a Comment
Input Verification To help us avoid spam, please enter the text exactly as you see it in the image below. If your text doesn't match the image, you'll be able to try again with a different image.
Load a different image
Submit Form

The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.

In these and all other matters;
My word is my bond.