"Evil thrives when good men do nothing." -- Edmund Burke
The editor of this page relates a narrative of workplace bullying regarding his spouse's experience within a Fortune 5 corporation. Read...(click...)
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Bullying is NOT just a school ground issue impacting young students. Bullying in the American workplace is a health risk that is at epidemic proportions. It is defined as a series of actions directed at a target "...where an employee is subjected to abusive conduct that is so severe that it causes physical or psychological harm to the employee." While the stereotypical image of a bully is that of a loud tyrant, an equal or possiblly greater number try to work undetected with behavior that includes. "gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person's work performance."
One study estimates that workplace bullying has impacted as many as one in six people in the American work environment. It is a health risk that has been characterized as "America's dirty little secret." Most other countries in the western industrialized world have laws in place to deal with workplace bullying. While the US has discrimination laws, they protect only a very narrowly defined group of categories - race, gender, disability, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, and others. But even those groups are subjected to harassment without recourse if the workplace harassment or trauma is not directed toward factors of that specific category. Workplace bullying is legal in the US.
Currently 13 states have workplace anti-bullying legislation pending. Many global corporations headquartered in the US have anti-bullying policies where required, but often maintain no such policies in the US. Ironically, in addition to the human toll, studies indicate costs to US businesses due to bullying and other stressors are estimated to be over $300 billion per year -- considerably more per capita than countries that have workplace anti-bullying laws. Please consider this page a library of resource links to workplace bullying information in the US along with many references to laws and policies around the world.