Of course, it violates the law. The problem proving it happened.
I'm pretty sure one or more of your prior incarnations were told about the value of one's time versus the value of being right. If someone wants to waste a ton of their time to prove they are right, more power to them. But some people don't want to do that. It has nothing to do with not wanting to stand up for themselves or having a defeatist attitude and everything to do with valuing their time more than whatever hill they are looking at dying on.
Getting taken advantage of by bad people is often a personal choice that is rationalized for...just as you have done above. The OP's situation would be just as easy.