A federal court has refused to expand possible reasons for employment lawsuits to include so-called “bullying” claims.
Recent case: Christina worked as a nurse until she was terminated for allegedly falsifying a patient record. She sued, alleging many forms of discrimination. She also claimed that she had been fired in violation of public policy and said that she had been bullied for years at work.
The alleged bully was one of her bosses, who Christina claimed picked on nurses she didn’t like in order to force them to quit.
The court said there had been no previous cases in Pennsylvania where bullying was deemed to violate the law. It tossed out Christina’s claim. (Connearney v. Main Line Hospitals, No. 15-02730, ED PA, 2015)
Final note: Legal issues aside, bullying disrupts the workplace. Rein it in for morale reasons alone.
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