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States Taking Aim at Workplace Bullying

Source: United Benefit Advisors (UBA)

The growing prevalence of workplace bullying could lend substantial support to many states’ efforts to outlaw the behavior. In an article in Business Insurance, 68% of employers surveyed last year by Utica, New York-based Zogby International indicated that workplace bullying is a serious problem. Since 2003, as many as 25 states have attempted to pass legislation that would permit employees to sue their employers for creating or failing to remedy an abusive work environment — one in which employees have been caused significant physical or mental harm, or experienced an established pattern of targeted employment actions against them.