State Supreme Court upholds ruling in workplace bullying case

In what may be the first workplace bullying case of it’s kind, the Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a $325,000 verdict in a bullying case against a heart surgeon.

A hospital operating room perfusionist (person who operates the heart/lung machine during open heart surgeries) filed suit against the doctor for assault.

While no physical harm was done, assault in Indiana can be committed when a person acts with intent to cause harm to another person and the victim feels reasonably afraid that the contact will occur.

The victim in the case alleged that the doctor aggressively charged him “with clenched fists, piercing eyes, beet-red face, popping veins, and screaming and swearing at him.” The victim backed up against a wall, protecting his face with his hands in fear that the doctor would hit him. Read the full case report.

For more information on workplace bullying, read a past blog post on the issue or search articles from our News & Info section.

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