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Frequently Asked Questions about Workplace Bullying
3. Is bullying the same as harassment?
Both harassment and bullying are unwanted behaviors that can cause an individual to feel uncomfortable in the workplace. While both harassment and bullying seem the same, there are differences between them. Harassment is usually linked to prejudice or discrimination where bullying is more an attack against someone who is viewed as competent and popular regardless of race, gender, etc. A target of harassment usually knows they are being harassed right away because the behavior consists of one or multiple significant incident(s). A target of bullying, may not realize they are being targeted for a long time because the behavior occurs from incidents that seem insignificant at the time.