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Workplace bullying may soon be illegal in New York

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in Dealing with Bosses,Leaders & Managers,Office Management,People Management

We’ve all heard about equal-opportunity harassers—those bosses who mistreat everyone regardless of race, gender, age, disability or other characteristics. Abusive managers may be workplace monsters, but their behavior generally hasn’t subjected employers to liability if no particular protected class was the target of the abuse.

That may be about to change in New York, where the state Senate has passed a bill that would let workers sue for the harm suffered at the hands of a bullying boss. Dubbed “New York’s Healthy Workplace” bill, it would let employees sue for damages, including punitive damages.

We’ll keep you informed of developments next year when the New York Assembly takes up the measure.

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