By Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News, Jan.
Workplaces have bullies just like schoolyards, but bullied workers generally have fewer legal protections than school children. State and federal laws do not prohibit bullying in the workplace, as long as it does not constitute discrimination or certain types of harassment.
But calls for legislation outlawing the activity have grown louder since last fall when the topic grabbed national headlines after an NFL lineman accused a teammate of hazing and bullying.
Advocates said more than one-third of U.S. workers experience bullying, and the public is finally beginning to understand its prevalence and harm.
“It’s very serious because it destroys people’s health, jobs and careers,” said Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute, an educational and research nonprofit in Bellingham, Wash. “It’s a major, major problem, but it’s not illegal, so employers don’t have to deal with it.”
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By Torii Bottomley, Cambridge (MA) Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2013
Workplace bullying has become rampant because it is driven by a buyer’s market in jobs.
In my professional practice of teaching English as a Second Language in a public school, not only was I bullied and removed from my position in front of my hysterical students without reason, but I am increasingly experiencing highly qualified colleagues and students who talk about bullying scenarios. When I ask whether they are referring to sexual harassment, age discrimination or cause-based performance issues, they more frequently refer to being abused by not having access to shared information, harassment, intimidation and threats of poor evaluations and isolation.
I have highly performing colleagues who have lost their jobs or have been forced to quit due to a narcissistic manager who has enjoyed virtually unrestricted rein in threatening job loss or career damage.
By Jim Smith, WCBS-AM 880, New York City, Nov. 10, 2013
Bill Would Give Workplace Victims Legal Recourse
In the wake of the alleged harassment on the Miami Dolphins football team, the spotlight has returned to workplace bullying.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, an effort has been under way for years to pass legislation on the subject in Albany.
“It’s verbal abuse, work sabotage, and work interference, so it can be one or any combination of the three,” Schlicht said.
Schlicht said he was a victim personally, and said the effort was also designed to have companies put forth clear policies to prevent bullying.
“We don’t need to tolerate this environment, and certainly there’s no good reason for it,” Schlict said. “There’s better ways to manage and allow people to do their job.”
Schlicht said half the New York State Assembly is onboard with the bill, but more votes are needed in the state Senate.
Suffolk University law professor David Yamada first drafted the bill in 2001. A similar bill was advanced in California the following year, and New York organized next.
The bill has since been introduced in more than half the U.S. states, according to a news release. Healthy Workplace bills have already passed committee votes in New York, as well as Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, and has passed the House in New York for a study-only bill, the release said.
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