“Mobbing” refers to systematic behavior directed toward an employee over a long period of time that results in serious harm to the victim. Legislative responses to mobbing behavior in Sweden, France, Canada, and Belgium have responded in various ways to alleviate the conditions that create the psychological harm caused by this workplace phenomenon. The more muted response in the United States is linked to the individualistic assumptions prevalent in American culture that place responsibility for harmful conditions frequently on the choices of the person experiencing the harm.
Browne, M. Neil and Smith, Mary Allison, "Mobbing in the Workplace and Individualism: Antibullying Legislation in the United States, Europe and Canada" (2008). Economics Faculty Publications. 5.
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