How to Blackmail Your Boss

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

We've all dealt with bullies at work, but when the bullying is coming from your boss, it can feel like a whole new level of stress. Whether they're threatening to leak sensitive information, refusing to give you a raise, or even physically intimidating you, the tactics can be shockingly cruel. They're attempting to control you by using your worst fears and making you feel worthless. Bullies are masters at manipulating you, and if they're your boss, it can feel impossible to stand up for yourself.

If you find yourself dealing with a blackmailer, it can be helpful to know that it is illegal. Blackmail is a form of harassment that can be protected under Canada's Human Rights Act, and in addition to being able to file a human rights complaint, you also have some legal options for taking back your power.

First, it's important to understand that emotional blackmail can be just as damaging as financial blackmail. It can lead to business and reputation damage, so if you find that your employee is threatening to do this, it's important to take immediate action. You can start by protecting your online privacy with tools such as a VPN or a privacy search engine (startpage in the U.S. or ixquick in the EU). You can also copyright any images that are being used to blackmail you, which may help make it easier to have them removed from search results. You should also consider reporting the individual to the police.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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