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Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal

Volume12 2008 Number 1

Mobbing in the Workplace: The Latest Illustration of Pervasive Individualism in American Law


M. Neil Browne & Mary Allison Smith

"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.

        .   Feedback Intervention is any process, either manual or electronic, that captures data about employee performance with intent to provide feedback to the employee for performance appraisal.

        .   Avraham N. Kluger & Angelo DeNisi, The Effects of Feedback Interventions on Performance: A Historical Review, a Meta-Analysis, and a Preliminary Feedback Intervention Theory, 119 Psychol. Bull. 254 (1996).

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