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” arises, 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 or Texas “anti-bullying” legislation exists, but employers still may be liable for bullying behavior.
While bullying seldom is motivated by a victim’s race, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, employees who sue over abuse often bring harassment claims alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the ADA or the...(register to read more)