Chris Jozwiak recently presented on the topic of workplace bullying in a Minnesota CLE seminar entitled, “The Bully – The Law and Where It’s Heading.” Chris joined a distinguished panel of employment lawyers, including Sheila Engelmeier, Jessica Roe, and Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, to explore the problem of workplace bullying and ongoing efforts by litigators, the state legislature and local governments to address it.
A 2014 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 27% of employees were currently or had previously been bullied at work. Currently, Minnesota has no statute protecting workers from bullying. In 2015, the Minnesota House and Senate attempted to enact anti-bullying legislation through the Healthy Workplace Bill, but the Bill failed to pass. Local governments, including Hennepin County, have increased efforts to address bullying by adding workplace bullying to its Respectful Workplace policy, which bars discrimination and harassment among its employees and volunteers. And while most courts continue to deny these cases for failure to fit within existing law, attorneys continue to argue workplace bullying-related cases under alternative legal theories with varying success.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered job-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For questions about bullying in the workplace or your employment rights, contact Chris or any of our attorneys by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.