WASHINGTON - Workplace bullying could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states discuss legislation that would allow workers to sue for on-the-job harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.
Bullying at work can take many forms including your boss screaming anytime something goes wrong or suffering constant verbal abuse from a co-worker. A growing number of companies see it as a problem that can sap morale and lead to increased employee turnover.
Over a dozen states have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year.
Some business groups say they strongly oppose the measures, arguing they would open the floodgates to many lawsuits.
A recent survey found 56% of companies have some type of anti-bullying policy.