I once had a colleague that seemed to have a lot of pull in the workplace. She was able to openly slack off in the department manager who would smile and chat with her, and managers all seemed terrified of her or desperate to get on her good side. Nobody was willing to talk about her. Maybe she was the CEO's relative or something, I don't know.
Unfortunately I was stucked working with her, and she was pushing most of her work onto me and being extremely rude and unprofessional, even infront of managers who seemed too scared to say anything. I'm pretty sure she was trying to take over my position, as she seemed to be very pissed off on her first day of work when she found out that she would be sharing responsibilities with me.
The company was a really small place so HR matters would have been dealt with by the department head anyway, who didn't seem to care about what she was doing. I eventually left as she kept escalating her harrassment and seemed to be trying to come up with a way to get management to force me to resign. This was further reinforced when a manager started dropping hints near the end that I might want to "consider your other options".
Was that the most effective strategy to deal with workplace bullying/harrassment in this situation, where management was just letting her do whatever she wanted? Or was there a more effective option that I could have used to keep working there with better conditions? I wanted to stay there (it was great before she showed up), but felt forced to leave.