My new colleague is making my life miserable at work

DEAR DEIDRE: SNIDE comments, silent treatment and refusing to pass on information are making my life awful at work.

I am a woman aged 24. I have worked in a big distribution firm for three years.

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But since my line manager, who is female and aged 32, brought in one of her friends, life has been miserable.

This co-worker refuses to acknowledge me when I try to talk and leaves her work undone.

She also refuses to pass on information to me so I am out of the loop.

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I should be complaining to our line manager but they are friends.

No one will stand up to her. What can I do?

DEIDRE SAYS: It would be good if you could directly ask her if there is a problem you are unaware of.

Explain that ignoring you and leaving jobs undone is making it difficult for everyone.

Calmly set out that if you can’t find a solution, you will have to take it further.

I’m sending you my support pack, Standing Up For Yourself, which will help you be assertive.

It is also worth contacting Acas (, 0300 123 1100), who advise on workplace issues.

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