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bullying

A type of conduct in which one person harasses another person over a time period, in a workplace environment. Bullying is characterized by a pattern of deliberate, hurtful, and menacing behaviors. Bullying can have two aspects: physical—such as making intimidating physical threats, pushing, shoving, and invading an individual's personal space; or psychological—such as emotional intimidation that is mostly covert, including joking or initiation rites that may mask sadistic behavior. Employees who claim to have been bullied by other employees are increasingly suing employers. Bullying has become so common that more than 30 of states have passed anti-bullying legislation.


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