I've been in my current place of employment for some time now circa 5 years and never had any issue.
Recently the company was taken over and as part of that we had a reshuffle in terms of expanding the team and making sub departments.
Since doing so I have been put under the direction of a former peer who I've known for some time prior to his employment at my workplace having attended the same year at uni. Since then I have had a constant battle professionally; my opinion discounted, my work constantly picked apart even though the way the work was done was contrary to my opinion for exactly the reasons it's been picked apart for. I have even been ridiculed for a code merge of which the merge branches contained work which has been approved by the same person. I feel this is somewhat deliberate and I can't win either way.
I have been playing nice and just taking it but recently this has escalated. I have literally had the person looking over my shoulder while I work and commenting as I write.
If I ask another employee a question they're right in there asking me why and making the simple question a long and arduous process that goes around the houses.
Recently in a work chat room an issue arose to which I tried to explain the problem but every line I wrote I was met with a David Brent style "just sort it ...". This is the only written example of this type of behaviour I have but this kind of thing is daily.
Another example is recently I worked late with a bunch of others to finish delivery of a release and subsequently took my time back during the week, later that week the director said well done guys take 2 hours off this week. Subsequently I was asked by this person to produce my time sheet which was short by 1h 45 mins of my usual hours I.e. in my eyes still had 15m extra to take. I received a message out of hours during my annual leave "Just so you know most of us didn't claim back the Monday. That was the two hours that * said we could have back".
To this a further message stating that we need to discuss about my attendance since the holiday which I'm currently on wasn't approved.
I applied for this holiday 26 days in advance for a period of 5 days to which prior to me applying I'd had a verbal approval.
So as you can imagine I have been pretty stressed out this week and having been away from any forms of communication for the past four days this has been the first chance I've had to get this off my chest so I apologise to anyone reading this.
Is this bullying or am I simply paranoid? What are my next steps?