A recent media report describes the growing momentum of the anti-workplace bullying movement.
A management-side employment lawyer told an Associated Press reporter that workplace bullying will likely become the new sexual harassment and that employers can expect many workplace bullying claims to be filed by employees if anti-workplace bullying laws are passed.
Workplace bullying is becoming increasingly recognized as a serious problem for companies. A 2011 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that over 31% of HR professionals reported being bullied at work.
Anti-workplace bullying legislation has been introduced in 20 states. These bills seek to prevent a hostile work environment at employers by enabling employees who allege to have been bullied to file claims for monetary damages.
The National Association of Government Employees Local 282 in Massachusetts became one the first unions in the US to include an anti-workplace bullying clause in its collective bargaining agreements.
Many attorneys and HR experts predict that once the first anti-workplace bullying bill becomes law, other states will follow suit and pass similar legislation.
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