Monday, July 17, 2017

Workplace Sexual Harassment And Bullying: Can Anything Be Done? - ABOVE THE LAW

by Richard B. Cohen
Originally published: July 13, 2017

The problem of workplace bullying is huge, but neither the U.S. nor any state has taken any legal steps to rein it in.

As Christine Comaford reported in Fortune, “Research from Dr. Judy Blando (University of Phoenix) has proven that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness. … According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job.”

Even with this upsurge in bullying, bullies are largely immune from any legal remedy in the U.S. unless the bullies commit something like assault, or bully others because of their protected class status, such as age, race or sex.  That’s where something like sexual harassment comes in.