Workplace bullying has gained increased attention in the past several years. A variety of organizations (including this one!) offer support to workplace targets of bullying and bullies themselves. You will also find many resources that offer further information about this problem as well as viable solutions.
Federal law prohibits workplace harassment, and companies found guilty of inaction are liable to receive fines. However, harassment is linked to discrimination. Generally, harassment occurs due to the gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability of an individual, whereas bullying is not limited to these conditions. Unfortunately, there are no workplace laws that prohibit bullying. In the past seven years, laws specifically regarding workplace bullying have been introduced in 21 states. Unfortunately, many of these laws have failed to pass: only 11 states have active bills pending. New York has a pending law, the Healthy Workplace Bill, which would allow employees who are bullied to sue for psychological, physical and/or emotional damages. Although the laws are slow to pass, support for them is gaining traction as studies continue to demonstrate that workplace bullying is damaging, not only for employees and bystanders, but also for a company's overall financial health.
Help for Everyone
Project BullyFree Zone Online Community: Project Bully Free Zone's virtual community is a community of respect, dignity and --most importantly—a bully free zone. Step into a place where your uniqueness is not only accepted—it's celebrated! Share your stories, build your voice, and connect with others through online discussions, polls, and other interactive activities.
Help in the Workplace
The Financial Toll of Workplace Bullies: This article describes how fiscally devastating bullies can be to a work environment.
Workplace Bullying Institute: An informative and user-friendly website that shares research, media coverage and information for bullied workers and businesses interested in eradicating bullying in the workplace.
Workplace Bullying Cost is High: $180M in Lost Time, Productivity: The financial cost of workplace harassment and bullying is explored in depth.
Recognize and Prevent Workplace Bullying: Learn the warning signs that you or someone you know is being bullied at work—and what YOU can do about it!
Ten Signs You're Being Bullied at Work: Are you being bullied at work? This article will help you determine whether your uneasy feeling is business—or bullying.
What to Do About Workplace Bullies: How can you diffuse a situation and maintain your job satisfaction? There is a way!
Help for Women in the Workplace
Spark Change in the Workplace: How women can support other women in today's workplace.
Backlash: Women Bullying Women at Work: A look into why women tend to bully other women in the workplace.
Bubble To Boardroom: A self-described "paradigm-busting" conference that gives you in-depth information on how to succeed in your career.
Womensphere: An organization dedicated to unleashing women's potential and creating opportunities in the workplace and beyond.
Ladies Who Launch: Empowering female entrepreneurs to tell the world about their businesses.
Be An Architect of Change: Ten ways to be the change you want to see in the world—starting with your workplace!