Intimidating behavior in the workplace

In addition, federal and provincial human right laws prohibit harassment related to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, disability, pardoned conviction, or sexual orientation.

In certain situations, these laws may apply to bullying.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) reports that between 18 and 31 percent of nurses have experienced bullying behavior at work.

Like schoolyard bulling, workplace bullying involves a real or perceived imbalance of power and repetition of the negative behavior.

The ANA released a second edition of the guidebook last year.

The most important component of any workplace prevention program is management commitment.

Management commitment is best communicated in a written policy.

Where there is no legislation which specifically addressed bullying, the general duty clause establishes the duty of employers to protect employees from risks at work.

These risks can include harm from both physical and mental health aspects.

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