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Strides to conquer workplace bullying

Bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job, yet those suffering have no legal recourse. Here are some strides that are being taken.

What happens to those high school bullies who make lives miserable for so many other students just trying to get an education? Sometimes they're actually the ones with the problem and outgrow their miserable ways. But sometimes they just grow up and continue their bullying in other venues, such as the workplace.

An alarming statistic from the Workplace Bullying Institute: Bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job. And currently there is no legal recourse to deal with it, as there is with sexual harassment or racial discrimination.

There is a loose-knit bipartisan coalition called Protect-US-Workers that is dedicated to ending abusive work environments though national legislation. They have created a petition through Care2 that they hope will be a pipeline to tell their stories directly to President Obama and the Department of Labor and to serve as a plea for the simple respect and human dignity that all workers deserve.

Think you may be a target of workplace bullying? The Workplace Bullying Institute offers these signs to look for.

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