Playing the role of a fearless agent in the recent Hollywood action blockbuster, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson is an inspiration to many. Men and women, young and old, have sought to make her their role model thanks to her portrayal of a feisty crime fighter, Black Widow, in the film.

Which is why it came as a shock when her co-stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner, jokingly referred to her as a slut and whore in an interview held during the press tour for the same movie. Although they later issued public statements apologizing for their comments, fans are appalled at the ease with which they spoke about their colleague and insulted her.

Here’s the video:

Is this a clear cut case of workplace bullying? It’s not a stretch to consider it as such, since 54 million workers, or 35 percent of US employees, are targeted by a bully at some point in their careers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute. Perhaps Scar Jo will set the record straight in her own way.

Until then, make sure you know how to create a safe space to work in, where you don’t have to face verbal abuse, regardless of your gender.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.