Workplace bullying can take many forms and a growing number of companies see it as a problem that can sap morale and lead to increased employee turnover.
It could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for on-the-job harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.
More than a dozen states — including New York and Massachusetts — have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year.
Business groups strongly oppose the measures, arguing they would open the floodgates to frivolous lawsuits.
A recent survey found that 56 percent of companies have some kind of anti-bullying policy.