When faced with an abusive, intimidating boss or co-worker, many workers’ thoughts go back to the schoolyard where they first might have encountered a bully. While workplace bullying certainly has existed for as long as mean people have worked alongside others, only recently has it emerged as an issue for the courts to handle.
As awareness of “workplace bullying” increases, so does potential litigation and liability for employers.
Yet the law often has a hard time addressing workplace bullying—in many ways it’s a problem in search of a solution. No specific federal "anti-bullying” legislation exists, but employers still may be liable for bullying behavior.
Workplace bullying can take many forms: intimidating e-mails, sabotage, humiliation, yelling and abusive and aggressive behavior.
According to the nonprofit Workplace Bullying Institute, 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand. The group says workplace bullying ...(register to read more)
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