Increased sensitivity to bullying in America may have started in the classroom, but it has quickly moved to the workplace.
The growth of anti-bullying laws, policies and public campaigns are making employees ultra-aware to potential bullying situations at work.
For supervisors, that means it’s more important than ever to be alert to how your words and actions are being delivered … and received. Managers should know how to be authoritative and provide constructive criticism without giving employees an excuse to claim bullying.
Is bullying illegal?
Federal discrimination laws don’t specifically prohibit bullying. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “The laws enforced by EEOC do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents that are not very serious.”
Nevertheless, employees who feel they are victims of bullying due to their race, sex, religion or age are able to file di...(register to read more)