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Florida could expand labor law to cover anti-bullying

When it comes to bullies, some Florida residents may consider it a problem for children and not adults. However, many instances of bullying can occur in the workplace and cause concern for workers in that environment. At this time, labor law does not protect workers from instances of workplace bullying, but some states may be looking to change that.

When it comes to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, there are laws that protect workers from facing such abuses. However, if hostile attitudes and actions are addressed against an employee that do not center around gender, race, disability or other covered areas, a worker may be at a loss for having the behavior deemed illegal. As a result, a worker could face unfair treatment or even job loss without the ability to fight back.

Though some companies are taking the initiative to put their employees through anti-bullying training, that training does not equal legal protection. Workers who have been negatively affected by bullying at their place of employment would like to see more protection. Florida and several other states are looking to implement anti-bullying laws in the workplace.

While labor law is an important area, there are still aspects that need improvement in order to better protect individuals in the workforce. Anti-bullying laws could create a significant change in how certain workplace environments are conducted, and employees may feel a greater sense of security. As the state is considering the adoption of anti-bullying laws, Florida residents may wish to stay informed on the topic to see how they may be affected.

Source: peoriapublicradio.com, "States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies", Yuki Noguchi, May 27, 2014

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