Services & Information
Bullying affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the White House. We at the White House to do not condone bullying in any form.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is aggressive or insulting behavior by an individual or group, often repeated over a period of time, that intentionally hurts or harms. Teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening to cause harm can be classed as bullying.
Types of Online Bullying
Verbal - Name calling, racist, sexist or homophobic remarks.
Indirect - Spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups, spreading nasty stories, or publishing offensive remarks on things such as social or forums.
Reporting & Punishment
The Administration policy requests that any person suspected of bullying is reported to the EOP. You may also report the bullying to your Branch Leadership. It is also possible to fight against bullying by suing through the courts, which you can learn about by contacting the Department of Justice.
The punishment for bullies will vary case by case based on the severity of the situation. Generally, punishments may include strikes, demotions, dismissals, or in the worst situations, placement on the Ban on Sight or similar lists
Support for the Victim
Victims of bullying, whether they are employees or not, will be given support and aid by the EOP.
Depending on how an individual takes it, responding to the bullying in a productive manner can be difficult. In some cases, the buliied victim may find it hard to report the case in fear of being labelled a “snitch”. However the bullying could potentially intensify without external assistance, which usually exacerbates the pre-existing situation. REMEMBER, you are not to blame for the way you’re being treated.
It is strongly encouraged that you seek assistance. Dealing with bullying can be a hazardous terrain to travel on your own, but you don't have to. We are here to help.