Awful boss is bullying me by calling me fat and I can't speak up

DEAR DEIDRE: MY boss is bullying me. He makes awful personal comments about my appearance – calling me fat and giving me disapproving looks when I eat lunch.

I once asked him to stop but he got really angry. Now I’m scared speaking out will make things worse for me.


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My company is full of toxic people. If you speak to HR they don’t help you. Instead they just tell the person you’ve complained about.

I am a 28-year-old woman and can’t trust anyone. I feel so isolated and miserable, with nowhere left to turn.

I am usually a bubbly person who laughs and jokes a lot, but at work I can’t be myself.

I’m quiet, withdrawn and anxious and I’ve started comfort eating, which of course has just made me put on more weight, so I feel even worse about myself.

DEIDRE SAYS: It is completely unacceptable to fear retaliation after speaking up at work.

Contact workplace mediation service ACAS (acas.org.uk, 0300 123 1100) which gives independent advice on issues including bullying.

I will also send you my support pack on bullying, too.

You deserve to be able to feel good about yourself.

My support pack on How To Build Self- Esteem explains how you can develop more positive feelings.

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