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NPR story about bullying on the job. Has the time come for laws to protect workers from abusive bosses or co-workers?

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut

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5/28/2014
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We have all heard news reports about the problems of bullying in schools.  We have all also heard about bullying or other abusive conduct on the job.  In most schools bullying is strickly forbidden.  But in the workplace there are no protections at all.  Has the time come for laws to protect workers from bullying?

That topic was discussed on NPR yesterday in an interesting piece.  You can click on the headling of this article to link to the NPR story.  In the video above, I describe the rule that harassment on the job is not illegal.  The video was made several months ago, but is directly applicable to this issue. 

Apparently some states are considering laws that would protect workers form abuse and bullying on the job.  Who knows what will pass, and become law.  When you think about it, it is very hard to create laws that will protect an employee from a rude or abusive boss.  What if the boss tells an employee "you did a terrible job on this assingment.  The worst ever in the history of mankind."  Is that bullying, or just a boss trying to convey information about the work?  

Stay tuned.  But don't expect any major law changes soon.  

Here is the Connecticut law on workplace bullying in a nutshell:  There is no protection at all from workplace rudeness or bullyin unless the bulling is occurring on the basis of the fact that the victim is a member of a protected class. Then that might be a case.  This means the bullying is occuring on the basis of race, religion, national origin, disability, gender ect.  General rudeness might be bad for business, but it is not illegal. 

If you or anyone you know believes they are being abused or otherwise discriminated against on the basis of being part of a protected class like race, national origin, disability, gender, or religion or even whisleblower, and you have questions you can contact The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.  

 



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