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Bullying and At-Will Employment

David Yamada is a law professor and the director of the New Workplace Institute at Boston's Suffolk University Law School. He is also the author of the Healthy Workplace Bill , draft model legislation that, if ever passed, would impose liability on employers for employees who are bullied in the...

Abandoning job because of harassment does not support retaliation claim, says the 6th Circuit

Last week , I discussed the 6th Circuit's most recent pronouncement on same-sex harassment. I noted that while some would argue the Court's dismissal of the harassment claim is evidence of the need for law against workplace bullying, in reality the Court's dismissal of the retaliation claim...

Fighting Back: Bullies and Obesity

Some people are real jerks. Anyone who deals with the general public for a living knows that this is an indisputable fact. For those who work in sales or service positions know that the theory "the customer is always right" can be a bitter pill to swallow. Every waiter, store clerk, and receptionist...

Kim Jong-Un in the Workplace

There is no question that South Korea is currently being bullied, but it is reacting in a responsible way, as much as one can act when the bully is threatening to unleash a "sea of fire." Its response is triggering more bullying and threats...so it goes with bullies. Bullies in the workplace...

Workplace Violence: Some Things an Employer Can Do

First responders in West, Texas*. Sales clerks in the stores near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Staff of the District Attorney's office in Kaufman County, Texas. Teachers and administration at Sandy Hook Elementary. Ticket-takers and popcorn-scoopers at the Century 16 movie theater...

A Lesson about Employee Complaints from the Miami Dolphins

Wow. What a difference 24 hours can make. Last week, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team amid press reports that team members were bullying him. Yesterday morning, (Nov. 3rd), the Miami Dolphins issued a press release calling any “notion of bullying”...

If You Don't Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a “Hell Yeah!”

Bullying in the workplace isn’t illegal, unless it’s bullying because of some protected characteristic (sex, race, etc.). Yet, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it should be condoned. According to Today’s General Counsel (citing the Workplace Bullying Institute’s...

California Expands Mandated Sexual Harassment Training to Include Workplace Bullying

Since 2005, California has required employers with 50 or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training of supervisors within 6 months of assuming a supervisory position and biennially thereafter. Last week, Governor Brown signed AB 2053 into law, expanding the mandated content of this training...

California Makes Anti-Bullying Training A Component Of Mandatory Harassment Training

by Marlene Nicolas and Will Kim California employers with more than 50 employees must include “abusive conduct” prevention training in their mandatory harassment prevention training. Assembly Bill No. 2053 expanded the scope of training required by Government Code Section 12950.1, which...

I Want to Quit My Job, Get a Severance and Be Eligible for Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

I Am Being Bullied at Work by a Co-Worker and Neither HR or Management Have Effectively Addressed My Complaint Every week, I am contacted by 2-3 people who want to know if they can quit their job and get unemployment benefits. The most common reason, by far, that people want to quit their job is the...

Workplace Bullying: Its Costs and Prevention

by Jana P. Grimm For years, employers in the United States have become familiar and worked with federal, state, and local laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on certain specific characteristics, such as those set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Increasingly, employers...