According a recent Zogby International survey, 37% of U.S. workers report that they’ve been bullied at work. Not surprisingly, they say, the overwhelming majority (72%) of bullies are bosses.
Workplace bullying is harassment that’s not necessarily based on an employee’s protected characteristic, such as gender or race. Bullying can adversely affect physical and emotional health. But, unlike harassment based on a protected class, bullying may not be illegal.
Bullying bills: 13 proposed
So far, 13 states have proposed “healthy workplace” legislation that would make workplace bullying illegal. So far, none of the bills has passed.
If enacted, the proposals would prohibit employers from creating or permitting “abusive conduct” or an “abusive work environment.” The proposals generally define “abusive conduct” broadly as conduct of an employer or another employee that a reasonable person would find hostile or offens...(register to read more)
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