What it is


Roughly 27% of workers will experience workplace bullying during their work lives.
Workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:
  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
  • Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done.

Workplace Bullying
  • Is driven by perpetrators' need to control the targeted individual(s)
  • Is initiated by bullies who choose targets, timing, place, and methods.
  • Escalates to involve others who side with the bully, either voluntarily through coercion.
  • Undermines legitimate business interests when bullies' personal agendas take precedence over work itself.
  • Is domestic violence at work where the abuser is on the payroll.
(from the Workplace Bullying Institute)

Survey Says
A 2014 national suvey by Zogby International and the Workplace Bullying Institute found that:
  • 27% of workers have experienced workplace bullying
  • 72% of employers who received complaints about workplace bullying either ignored the problem or made it worse
  • 56% of workplace bullies are supervisors

Common Bullying Behaviors
  • False accusations of mistakes and errors
  • Yelling, shouting, and screaming
  • Exclusion and "the silent treatment"
  • Withholding resources and information necessary to the job
  • Behind-the-back sabotage and defamation
  • Use of put-downs, insults, and excessively harsh criticism
  • Unreasonably heavy work demands

Workers Suffer Severe Harm
  • Stress disorders of all types
  • Clinical depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Impaired immune systems
  • Symptoms consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Destructive impact on family and personal relationships

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Healthy Workplace Bill

About us

The Healthy Workplace Bill creates a legal claim for bullying targets who can prove they were subjected to malicious, health-harming behavior and provides defenses for employers who act preventively and responsively to discourage frivolous claims.