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What Is Mobbing?

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What Is Mobbing?

Mobbing can basically be defined as group bullying. This where more than one person act together to treat one person in a manner that involves:

  • Threats of harm or embarrassment
  • Intimidation
  • Threats to reveal confidential information (similar to blackmailing)
  • Intense peer pressure to force the person to do something
  • Offensive conduct
  • Harassment

Mobbing is a somewhat new term that has arisen in connection with anti-bullying campaigns. Many employers, school administrators, parents, coaches, and other persons are helping to raise awareness about the negative effects of mobbing.

What Are Some Examples and Effects of Mobbing?

Some examples of mobbing include:

  • Using social media as a form of threat or embarrassment (many mobbing cases involve cyberbullying)
  • Using property or the person’s belongings to blackmail them
  • Creating an atmosphere of fear and subordination
  • Using intimidating language or body movements to control the victim

Mobbing can have various effects including:

  • Social anxiety or inhibition
  • Severe emotional trauma
  • Difficulties in doing homework or completing projects, especially in cases involving school bullying
  • Loss of business or work opportunities and advancements
  • Physical injury, if assault or battery is a factor

Can I File a Legal Claim for Mobbing?

In many cases, school administrators or work management can help dispel a mobbing situation. However, in cases where actual injury or losses have occurred, a legal claim may be necessary. The victim may be able to file for legal damages to cover losses such as medical fees or hospital therapy. Chances for recovery are greatly increased if the victim has manifested physical symptoms or emotional distress symptoms.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with Mobbing Claims?

Mobbing can often involve seriously damaging and harmful conduct. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need help filing a legal claim or lawsuit for a mobbing incident. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and can inform you of your rights in your situation. Also, if you need to attend a meeting through the court system, your lawyer can be on hand to represent and advice you throughout the process.

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, LegalMatch Legal Writer

Last Modified: 04-23-2014 04:27 PM PDT

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