by James P. Thomas, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Pittsburgh
When we think of bullying, we usually think of kids at school, not adults in the workplace. But, according to a 2010 survey, 35% of American workers have been bullied at work.
Unfortunately for those employees, there are currently no federal or state laws that specifically prohibit bullying in the workplace. That may soon change.
Since 2003, the Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB), or some variation of the HWB, has been proposed in at least 24 states. The HWB, drafted by Suffolk University Professor of Law David Yamada, is a model statute that provides legal redress for employees who are subjected to an abusive work environment. It would allow them to sue both their employer and the alleged bully for monetary damages.
Read more about the model bill here.
Lawmakers have been reluctant to enact the HWB due to a concern that it will flood the courts with l...(register to read more)