Push to stop growing trend of workplace bullying


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maybe your boss screams and throws a fit anytime something goes wrong. Or you suffer constant verbal abuse from a co-worker.
Workplace bullying can take many forms and a growing number of companies see it as a problem that can sap morale and lead to increased employee turnover.
It could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for on-the-job harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.
More than a dozen states -- including New York and Massachusetts -- have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year.
Business groups strongly oppose the measures, arguing they would open the floodgates to frivolous lawsuits.
A recent survey found that 56 percent of companies have some kind of anti-bullying policy.
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