The problem of bullying is getting much attention these day, especially in schools, where student taunting on Long Island has led to tragedy. Young suicide victims like West Islip's Alexis Pilkington, who was cyberbullied, and most recently Daniel Gonzales, an East Hampton boy whose struggles with bullying are just coming to the surface, have shaken these communities, prompting district responses, programs and heightened awareness in parents of how devastating bullying is.
But an event slated for Oct. 16 by the Hauppauge Industrial Association is targeting another form of bullying, this time in the workplace.
The event, "Bullying and Violence in the Workplace: The Playground Syndrome," will feature a panel of experts there to discuss how workplace bullying damages business and could lead to legal issues for owners.
The forum begs the question: How much workplace bullying is actually going on on Long Island, especially in areas like Hauppauge, where a sprawling industrial park hosts hundreds of workplaces?
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