My name is Isabelle. I’m a civil servant of the French Ministry of Interior for 15 years. I’ve been fighting for months against the system to have a situation of harassment in the workplace recognized. This bullying ruined my life and my career development opportunities.
Indeed, I crossed a chief administrative officer’s path, which has repeatedly broken me with using the whole range of bureaucratic machinery such a steamroller.
My suffering and my warnings have been completely ignored by administration. My case buried under a pile of files for months and my mobility requests blocked. Despite of a severe depression and suicidal thoughts, this is just a regular management, due to bureaucracy. In fact, I should give the other cheek and smile. However, I felt only fear and cries under humiliation and insults. My soul and my body were broken. This situation should not be allowed to continue but the administration kept a deep silence and didn’t look for any kind of solution. However, administration supports an historic persistence of this kind of situation.
Being off work for over a year, I am now suing the ministry in order to be recognized as a victim of bullying situation. I should deserve it. This trial increases high legal fees for my present half income (for a few more weeks, after this delay I am going to have no resources) and implies a critical financial situation. But I have to do it.
To help me rebuild myself, I need to release my words and relate the hell I used to live, the fury of my chiefs and the inertia of administration. I intend writing a book about bullying in public administration with a focus of the ministry of interior’s issue and my story. I am going to point the psychological and verbal abuse and the recurrence of deviant management behaviour. Above all, the dedicated network protection of perpetrators of these behaviours is classic. In fact, they got promoted for their attitude not for their management abilities while the victim on the other side obtains a stigmatisation with career blocking and a disclaimer of responsibility from the ministry.
However, French state, legislator of the regulation about preventing psychosocial risks, has a retail politics on this subject and doesn’t satisfy his obligation to protect harassment victims by imposing a rule of silence.
This is what I’m living. This is why I need your help to publish this book. Moreover, I wanted to complete my studies to become a lawyer and fight against these discriminations, because these working conditions are unbearable. Ultimately, maybe I should be able to move forward.
Thank you for your concern and all my blessings.