The Law of Workplace Bullying: An International Overview

14 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011

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Katherine Lippel

University of Ottawa - Civil Law Section

Date Written: August 11, 2011


This article introduces a special issue that brings together eight contributions from legal scholars and specialists in workplace bullying from four continents, who report on the state of the law governing a specific form of workplace abuse alternatively described as workplace bullying, psychological harassment, moral harassment, victimization or mobbing. After discussing definitional issues, the article compares papers from countries having explicit legislation with those describing the application of general legislation (Civil Codes, Labour law, Tort law) to situations of workplace bullying. It concludes that, regardless of the label, be it bullying, harassment, victimisation or mobbing, the articles discussed, when read together, show that legislative and other policy interventions that name the phenomenon and send the political message that it is wrong are more likely to ensure implementation of active measures for prevention and mechanisms to provide redress for targets.

Suggested Citation

Lippel, Katherine, The Law of Workplace Bullying: An International Overview (August 11, 2011). Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN:

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