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Workplace bullying emerges as new employment law issue

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,People Management

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)

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Maribel Guerra August 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I had no choice but to leave my job yesterday. I just could not handle any more mistreatment from my boss. Her screams and words were more than I can take. As smart as she is she is unstable and needs much anger management. In every situation she was right so, it was useless no it impossible to even stand up to her. I have not stopped crying and feel so sick to my stomach it’s sad. Is this right?

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richard schilling June 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

I could use a little help in Texas. I brought a case against a person who, at the time, was on a lateral level with me. He verbally assaulted me in my office so I complained to HR about his abusive behavior. He’s a known “bully” around my workplace, and known to target certain individuals by “starving them out” by restricting work hours, “creating paper trails” by punishing them more harshly than other individuals, etc. just to get them to quit or easily fire them. As soon as he was promoted enough to be in a position to fire me, he took his first opportunity. I was terminated for a mistake on paperwork that others were merely given “verbal coaching” or “written warnings” for. I am not in a protected group so he thinks he can get away with this behavior as long as everyone is afraid of losing their job.

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tamie hahn May 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

I have a friend she was a nurse at a large rural hospital. She was picked on and admittedly so by nurses and administration. She has had to seek a job many hours away in order to support her family. Are there any cases I may refer to her to help her with her case? I believe she has a case against each individual nurse, adminstrator and the hospital since they have all admitted under oath of wrong doing.

Your assistance is grealty appreciated.

Tamie Hahn

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donald vanwagenen December 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

I need to find a work place bully attorney fa st.. I was assaulted by CEO and president resulting in concussion and post traumatic stress disorder… I have the aftermath on video and really need an attorney right now… 5183698351

Thanks
Don

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Frank Mulcahy June 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

Please contact me, I work in anti bullying field

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