Mobbing in the Workplace
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What Is Mobbing in the Workplace?
Mobbing refers to instances of bullying that are committed by a group of people against one person. In the workplace, this might involve several workers “ganging up” or teaming up against one person. Their actions might involve conduct that involves:
- Threats of harm or negative consequences
- Mental, emotional, or physical abuse
- The use of rumors, humor, embarrassment, or harassment
Mobbing in the workplace usually occurs because the group wants to accomplish a certain aim, such as:
- Forcing the employee to quit or leave the work arrangement
- Place the employee at a disadvantage
- Prevent the employee from obtaining benefits or promotions
What Are Some Examples of Workplace Mobbing?
Some examples of workplace mobbing include:
- Using language that is offensive or threatening
- Refusing to assist the victim when they need guidance on work issues
- Collaborating as a group to create situations that embarrass or humiliate the worker
- Revealing confidential private information of the worker
- “Smearing” or slandering the person’s reputation
- Use of innuendo to imply things about the worker
- Various other types of conduct
Mobbing may involve other legal causes of action like discrimination or wrongful termination.
Are There Any Legal Consequences for Mobbing in the Workplace?
Mobbing in the workplace can result in various legal consequences, such as:
- Internal meetings with HR personnel
- Disciplinary action by management
- Re-working of company behavior and conduct policies
- A civil lawsuit against the persons involved
A lawsuit might require the parties to reimburse the victim for losses. This might include costs such as lost wages, costs of therapy, and legal fee costs. Also, if the victim had resigned or was wrongfully terminated, a legal claim might allow them to be returned to their previous work position before the harassment occurred.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Mobbing in the Workplace Claims?
Mobbing laws may include various remedies for the victim. You may need to hire a lawyer if you have been victimized by instances of mobbing. Your lawyer can go over the facts of the case with you to determine what your best legal options are. If you need to attend a court meeting, your lawyer can be on hand to provide you with advice and legal representation.
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Last Modified: 04-23-2014 02:28 PM PDT
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