David Yamada provides a great overview of the types of bullying in the workplace along with the legal and liability perspective. I ask the question-what protections do victims and witnesses really have? Please share with hopes that someone is receiving help!
Last year, counselor Rosemary K.M. Sword and noted psychologist Philip Zimbardo wrote up a nice little summary about the types of bullying that one might encounter in our society, including workplaces, for their Psychology Today blog, Time Cure. I’d like to take a quick look at those categories and then briefly discuss what potential legal protections may be available in cases of bullying at work.
Sword and Zimbardo identified six basic categories of bullying, while recognizing that these forms may overlap:
- “Physical Bullying” covers “physical actions to gain power and control over their targets.”
- “Verbal Bullying” uses “words, statements and name-calling to gain power and control over a target.”
- “Prejudicial Bullying” is grounded in “prejudices people have toward people of different races, religions or sexual orientation.”
- “Relational Aggression” refers to “a sneaky, insidious type of bullying that manifests as social manipulation.”
- “Cyberbullying” involves the use of “the internet, cell…
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