Workplace Word: June 2008 - Employers Should Protect Themselves Now from Workplace Bullying
Workplace bullying is the intentional, hurtful mistreatment of an employee by a co-worker or co-workers. It may include humiliating comments and gestures, intimidation tactics, harsh and constant criticism, excessive yelling, belittling remarks, as well as setting impossible deadlines, undermining work product, failing to give credit, making threats, and even physical assault. Workplace bullying behavior may be verbal or non-verbal, overt or hidden. It may be motivated by traditional protected class categories, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin, or it may fall completely outside those categories traditionally recognized in discrimination and harassment law.