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Power harassment is a common form of workplace harassment that is characterized by a power disparity between the harasser and the harassed.

The harasser exercises their power by bullying a victim who is lower on the office hierarchy.

In many cases, the harasser is a supervisor or manager who victimizes their subordinates.

Examples of Power Harassment

Power harassment is not limited to a certain type of behaviour.  It can be verbal in the form of intimidation or it can be physical in the form of acts of violence.

More often than not, it is psychological. The harasser subjects the victim to:

  • excessive demands that are impossible to meet;
  • demeaning demands far below the employee’s capability;
  • intrusion into the employee’s personal life


About the POEC

To administer and enforce the Public Officers’ Ethics Act which comprises of the code of conduct and ethics for public officers and declarations of income, assets and liabilities for designated public officers.