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With movies such as, this summer’s hit, Horrible Bosses, exploring the renewed subject of the not-so-friendly top floor, it’s easy to imagine yourself being in a similar situation. In fact, most people have been in this exact place. According to a poll published by MarieClaire, “an estimated 35 percent of American workers who say they’ve actually been bullied on the job.” It’s no wonder that movies such as the one listed above and The Devil Wears Prada with the infamous Miranda Priestly are so popular in present culture; they’re relatable. It’s hard enough to be a working woman with a bad boss, but when you are a single mother with a boss just like the one played by Jennifer Aniston, your stress level is working overtime. Most people can bide their time till a new job opportunity comes there way, but for others, that just doesn’t seem like a logical option. So when is your boss just another obstacle to overcome and then forget or is she actually crossing the line?

A boss who is simply difficult or picky will not qualify for a full-blown investigation, but those who are not only not complying with workplace etiquette, but also breaking workplace laws are the types of bosses that can be handled in a fashion other than ‘forgive and forget.’ Think bullying is just found on the playgrounds? Wrong, it’s very common in the office these days.

On the website, Bullying Bosses, an article outlining how to combat bad bosses with good work before going to higher management can be a helpful tool. If your boss is the type who criticizes your work, while not giving any clear goals or feedback here are some actions they suggest  you implement:

1. Go straight to the heart of the problem and ask your boss in what ways you need to improve in order to benefit the company.

2. Get a feel about your boss by asking other employees about what management expects and what some specific things the employee she avoid or gravitate towards.

3.  After the first two suggestions are completed, if the problems still persist, management should be approached to deal with the problems.

It’s important for working women, especially single mothers, to understand that bullying in the workforce can come in many forms; sexual, discriminatory, and verbally abusive. And while it may seem like in most situations you don’t have a choice in improving the situation; that’s a common misconception. As reported in MarieClaire, currently 11 states are in the process of pushing through “Healthy Workplace Bills.” These bills will make it easier not only women, but all bullied employees in their workplace by holding companies liable for “hostile environments. For single mothers, this is very important because a healthy workplace will help relieve most stress procured by careers and jobs and take pressure off non-ideal situations where the boss is taking advantage or bullying the employee.