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Healthy Workplace Bill would tackle bullying on the job

A new bill tackles bullying in the workplace. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images) A Massachusetts bill aims to tackle bullying in the workplace. Credit: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

A new bill making its way through the Massachusetts State House would tackle the problem of bullying in the workplace.


The Healthy Workforce bill proposes protections and legal recourse for workers subjected to bullying, abuse or other forms of harassment at work, the Boston Globe reports.



While Massachusetts already prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace, supporters of the bill say bullying and other forms of mistreatment are even more prevalent than sexual harassment and can inflict serious psychological harm on victims.


According the Healthy Workplace Bill website,37 percent of adult Americans have experienced workplace bullying. It can also trigger stress-related health complications like hypertension, autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety and PTSD. The person's immediate job, and even their career, are often disrupted.


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