What are my legal rights regarding bullying in the workplace?

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What are my legal rights regarding bullying in the workplace?

My employer is requiring my department to attend team building counseling due to conflicts that occur due to one individual I label as a bully. If this counseling fails and I continue to have issues with this individual, can the employer withhold raises or even fire me? The current chief operating officer has told us that he has zero tolerance for the current situation. I feel that it is unfair to punish the department instead of addressing the bully.

Asked on February 1, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Workplace harrassment has to do with hostiity caused a worker due to their age (over 40), disability, gender, nationality, disability, race, religion. And you did not indicate this to be the case. The fact is that unless your treatment violates the terms of a union agreemnt or employment contract, it is legal. Further, a company can discipline a worker (up to and including withholding raises or termination), for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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