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Bullying not just for kids, adults experience behavior at work

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Bullying is a hot topic these days, especially after a Miami Dolphins player left the team because of bullying from another player.

New reports claim that coaches actually told lineman Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin.

Incognito has since been suspended.

The whole situation has brought more attention to bullying between adults.

Bullying isn't just on the playground anymore. More and more adults are getting bullied at work.

Usually when you think of bullying, you think of kids, but the problem doesn't end with graduation.

The bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins has now shined a spotlight on bullying in the workplace and it's something psychologists say is pretty common.

"I see lots of patients who talk to me about workplace bullying and it can take the effect of being something where there is verbal abuse or someone is being teased either about, either in terms of their ethnicity something like that or it can take the place of sabotage," said psychologist Jonathan Fader, PH.D.

Studies show that at least one in four people have experienced some form of bullying at work.
       
"They think it's funny. They make references to the Little Mermaid every time they meet me," said Ariel Benard.

"One time it was said, ya know, this company just hire anybody, ya know ummm, towards me," said Delores Smith.

Psychologists say a lot of people are hesitant to step forward because they're afraid they might face repercussions for speaking up.

Author Susan Rae Baker has written several books about bullying.

She believes bullies have a need to control other people because something in their own life is out of order.  

"You don't need to ruin somebody else's life and make their day by day experience at work miserable because maybe you are" said Baker.

Professionals say there are ways to avoid becoming a victim.

Don't sit by and take it and respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior to send the message that it is not acceptable.

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