"Try This Suit On For Size, Boss"
Bullied at work? Depending on where you live, you may soon be able to file a harassment claim. A half-dozen states from New Jersey to Oregon are considering laws that would make workplace bullying an "unlawful employment practice" and give victims the right to sue an employer that fails to prevent it.
The draft Oregon statute defines bullying as "derogatory remarks, insults or epithets, physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating or humiliating, or the gratuitous sabotage or undermining of an employee's work performance." The preamble to the bill cites surveys and studies that found 16% to 21% of employees "experience health-endangering workplace bullying, abuse, or harassment."