During the last decade, anti-bullying measures have grown in popularity
throughout our children's schools. While this is undoubtedly a positive
development, it begs the question - "What is being done to prevent
workplace bullying?" In the United States, comprehensive workplace
bullying legislation has not been passed by the federal government or
by any U.S. state.
That said, workplace bullying is illegal when it violates federal or state
laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws protect employees
from harassment based on protected characteristics, such as race, national
origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. If a workplace bully is targeting
an employee based on a protected characteristic, that could qualify as
illegal harassment. The employee would have a hostile work environment
claim, if the unwelcome conduct is severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable
person would find it to be offensive, hostile, or abusive.
An experienced employment attorney can assess the facts of your case and
determine whether you have viable legal claims against your employer.
Bradley E. Byrne Jr. is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law's Birmingham
office. He represents employees whose rights have been violated. He can
be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 205-358-3100.