First of all, please pardon my English -- it's not my native language -- so if there are any mistakes, I'll be available in the comments section.
I'm currently stuck in an awkward situation at work and was looking to ask for another perspective on what I could and should do.
So, to start off: I work at a huge, international company as a tier 1 associate (meaning I'm the lowest in the food chain) and have been working here for 7 months. As for hourly targets, I've been achieving them both in terms of quantity as well as quality with the team leaders being very pleased with the work I do, as I've been told multiple times.
About 2 months ago, a friend of mine (let's call him George), who's been working as a proxy to a higher level worker (let's call him Marty for the sake of this story), said that he's quitting and moving on to do different things. I asked if there's any chance I could jump right into his shoes, so-to-say, as I knew I had some of the qualities Marty's looking for. George's hooked me up for a written test, which I passed -- as I was told by Marty -- "the best out of anyone taking it," and soon enough my training's started.
After a week or so, I had a pretty long talk with my manager (Emmett, for the sake of the story) in regards to me taking up the proxy post -- about my goals, how long I plan to stay with the workplace, whether I'd like to pursue education, etc.. Emmett's had some reservations regarding some of my personal skills, which I proved to him to be wrong based on some situations that I faced throughout my employment. What's important to the story is that he's said that none of the people he's talked to has guaranteed him that they want to stay with the company for a longer time. All in all, he's said after that I passed. We went on to Marty and we were both told that starting as soon as my friend quits, Marty and I will be working together.
George's quit, I've worked for a week and then started my half a month long vacation. I get back to work and I start seeing some signs that worry me: there's a guy doing my job, essentially. I thought to myself this: both you and Marty were on vacation, perhaps it was just a task given to him beforehand. Emmett's a professional, he would have told you if anything was going on. So I didn't bother with it since Emmett has never mentioned anything to me. But Marty asks Emmett if it's okay if he has two proxies. The idea gets shut down by Emmett pretty quick. Anyway, I continue on for a month or so and no problem get brought up at all.
One of the team leaders (let's call him Biff) asks me to come to talk to him. I arrive and we talk for a bit. What he's told me is that according to new arrangements, I work two days helping out Marty (the days we both are on shift), and two days I'm directly involved in "the process" (that's what the more physical labour is called, in opposition to the proxy duties I've been doing). He's very straightforward, I'd even say cocky in his delivery. I remain calm and try to persuade him, answering that there's still plenty of work I still have to do, and seeing that Marty was away on a business trip that day, it'd be vital for me to fix the issues for the business to thrive. He agrees but tells me that once I'm finished, I should chat some leader up and get back to the process.
Knowing that no arrangements have been passed on to me by neither Marty or Emmett, I try to arrange a chat with him to ask him about some of the recent happenings. In the meanwhile, Biff would come to my desk and do random and very childish stuff, like kick the wheels of a chair to get my attention and make fun of me taking part in the process the next day. I'd be asked on multiple occasions by two of his proxies when was the last time I took part in the process, or what part of the process I was doing that day, all in mocking fashion.
I had a talk with Emmett about all this, and he's told me that they have limited hourly distribution of tasks available and while he can make an argument for me being on the proxy task for, say half a months time, he can't do it for over 160 hours monthly, and that I'm not the only person interested in personal growth by taking up the mantle of being the proxy (none of which I've known prior to becoming the proxy, or even straight-up conflicting with what I've been told before). As for George, he's only participated in the process when the other higher level worker had to meet up with Marty and be on our shift.
Fast forward to last week, I go up to the stand-up area and shake hands with everybody. When I shook hands with Biff, he just told me "you, dude, are fucked."
What's pretty important to the story is that I have a history of having anxiety disorders since I was a student at a university and had to call it quits because of my mental well-being. Last week, I felt like my professional situation is in danger and I felt like all the conflicts with Biff caused my anxiety disorder to relapse.
Emmett lives with Biff so I can't really go solve all my problems with Emmett since they're in cahoots with each other.
I was hoping you could lend me a helping hand on what I could do and how I could try and solve this situation. I know I have some qualities that could help the business big time and my knowledge and skills are being put to waste by me taking part in the process.
How I could try to fight off the harassment and bullying I described and was on the receiving end of? Who should I try to reason with and make a point about that? Is the situation I described applicable to mobbing? Should I try to find legal advice or seek my rights in court?