Bullying Examples

REMEMBER: A single act does not constitute abusive conduct unless especially severe or egregious.

Language or behavior that frightens, humiliates, belittles or degrades the recipient may be part of a pattern of workplace bullying. For example:

  • Persistent or egregious use of abusive, insulting, or offensive language

  • Aggressive yelling or shouting

  • Unwarranted physical contact or threatening gestures

  • Making repeated negative comments about a person’s appearance, lifestyle, family, or culture

  • Regularly inappropriately teasing or making someone the brunt of pranks or practical jokes

  • Circulating inappropriate or embarrassing photos or videos via email or social media

Behavior that undermines a person’s work performance, working relationships, or perceived value in the workplace may also be part of a pattern of bullying. For example:

  • Unnecessarily interrupting or disrupting someone’s work; inappropriately interfering with a person’s personal property or work equipment

  • Repeatedly discounting a person’s statements in group meetings; unfavorably comparing one person to others

  • Blaming a person for problems they did not cause

  • Taking credit for another’s contributions

  • Spreading misinformation or malicious rumors

  • Purposefully inappropriately excluding, isolating, or marginalizing a person from normal work activities

To report a concern contact:

askeru@berkeley.edu (non-represented staff)


labrel@berkeley.edu (represented staff)