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This article provides information about the workplace bullying policy at B Lab.
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B Lab defines bullying as “repeated inappropriate behavior, either direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment.” Such behavior violates the Company Code of Ethics, which clearly states that all employees will be treated with dignity and respect. B Lab will not tolerate bullying behavior.
Bullying may be intentional or unintentional. However, it must be noted that where an allegation of bullying is made, the intention of the alleged bully is irrelevant and will not be given consideration when meting out discipline. As with sexual harassment, it is the effect of the behavior upon the individual that is important. The Company considers the following types of behavior to be examples of bullying:
- Verbal bullying: Slandering, ridiculing or maligning a person or his/her family; persistent name-calling
- that is hurtful, insulting or humiliating; using a person as the butt of jokes; abusive and offensive remarks.
- Physical bullying: Pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, tripping, assault or threat of physical assault; damage to a person’s work area or property.
- Gesture bullying: Nonverbal threatening gestures or glances that convey threatening messages.
- Exclusion: Socially or physically excluding or disregarding a person in work-related activities.
Employees found in violation of this policy will face corrective action up to and including termination.
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