Fulton County establishes anti-bullying policy |
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FULTON COUNTY -- At their meeting on Wednesday, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that allows for an anti-bullying policy for Fulton County employees.
Fulton County has had a workplace violence policy. The new policy will act as a supplement, and work to prevent verbal and nonverbal actions.
Commissioner William Edwards, District 7, said, "We owe it to our employees to ensure any Fulton County workplace is safe and free of threats. No employee should have to endure the stress and anguish caused by bullying."
According to the new policy, bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment towards someone. It happens verbally, with actions that are threatening, humiliating or intimidating, sabotage of work performance, and exploitation of a known psychological or physical vulnerability.
Under the anti-bullying policy, an employee found bullying other coworkers will be disciplined, which could include termination. According to the Fulton County government, some bullying may not call for disciplinary action, and it is difficult to determine the severity of the problem.
Commissioner Edwards said he appreciates the unanimous support from the Board of Commissioners.