Create legislation that makes workplace bullying illegal.
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Many individuals in the workplace are currently being or at one time have been bullied at work. Research has shown that bullying within the workplace causes employees to become sick for longer periods and have increased use of sick days. Additionally, employees' mental health are greatly affected as it causes many employees to be depressed and have increased anxiety. Many employees quit their jobs to avoid the turmoil or endure the bullying due to limited resources or options. Currently, the No Fear Act protects Federal employees who are in protected classes such as disability, race/color, sex, national origin and age against bullying. However, what about employees who are not categorized in those classes; where are their legal protections? Adult bullying is as detrimental to the health of employees and workplace productivity as cyber and child bullying is to children's health and productivity within school. Creating legislation for workplace bullying outside the protected classes would greatly increase workplace productivity and the health of employees while making offenders accountable for their actions. Bullying in the workplace in private and governmental industries must be stopped and this legislation could assist in the process.
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