What Is Conflict Bullying In the Workplace (Part 2)?

Posted By on October 20th

What is conflict bullying in the workplace and are there laws to stop it from happening?

Bullying in the Workplace

Various lobbying efforts across the country have attempted to address workplace bullying.

Since 2003, 25 states have introduced workplace bullying legislation to make workplace bullying illegal. The legislation would allow workers to sue for harassment without requiring a showing of discrimination. This means that employees will be able to file a merit-based lawsuit when they are emotionally harmed by co-workers, subordinates, or superiors who engage in:

  1. Verbal abuse.
  2. Offensive conduct or behavior (including nonverbal behavior) that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating.
  3. Work interference or sabotage which prevents work from getting done.

In Florida, both the State House and Senate considered anti-bullying bills during the 2013 legislative session. Neither one of those bills passed.

Each State has modeled its piece of legislation after the Healthy Workplace Bill (“HWB”)—a statutory proposed model that was originally introduced in California.  The HWB even got the attention of our federal government in 2010 as discussions concerning workplace bullying were had in both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representative.

The anti-bullying laws would allow litigants to pursue lost wages, benefits and medical expenses and compel employers to prevent an “abusive work environment.”

Although no state has yet to pass legislation that illegalizes workplace bullying, some say it is only a matter of time.

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About the author

Keith Grossman helps individuals and businesses negotiate and manage conflict more comfortably. Keith is a Collaborative Attorney, a Family and Circuit Civil mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida, an Arbitrator qualified by the Florida Supreme Court, and an educator. Keith frequently lectures and facilitates training programs, works with individuals one-on-one, and writes articles on conflict management and negotiation topics. His e-workbooks, “What Is A Peace Chest?” and “How Do You Build A Peace Chest?“ are now available on Kindle.


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