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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - David C. Yamada
The shocking case of the hazing of Miami Dolphins football player Jonathan Martin by teammate Richie Incognito has focused attention on the larger problem of workplace bullying — and of the difficulties for federal and state officials in trying to define and deter it.
"Although workplace bullying is one of the most common forms of interpersonal abuse at work, most people targeted for this mistreatment are unlikely to find the media interested in their stories. In this case, without the growing media attention, it's possible that the whole thing would've been swept under the rug," said Mr. Yamada. "Most bullying targets must deal with the abuse on a wildly uneven playing field, and having a legal wedge will help to level things out."
He wrote recently that workplace bullying tends to get overlooked because the human interest appeal typically doesn't reach the level of bullying children.