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Workplace Civility Shouldn’t Be Something We Have to Legislate

Workplace harassment isn’t illegal unless it is harassment because of some protected characteristic (sex, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, or any other class protected by law).

Generalized workplace bullying or other mistreatment is not illegal unless it falls into one of those categories. Indeed, as the Supreme Court has repeatedly reminded us, workplace discrimination laws are not “a general civility code.”

Just because the federal workplace discrimination laws are not “general civility codes” does not mean that individual states can’t do more with their own laws.

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