Author(s) Cidália Santos da Silva
Advisor(s) Teresa Alexandra Coelho Moreira
Year 2012

Synopsis Mobbing has gained an ever-growing importance in the social-economic context of the 21th century. Globalization associated with a high level of competiveness in which the number of merges and business reorganizations multiply every day, pressure the employees to be as versatile as possible at their workplaces. Times desolated by economic and labor crisis in which the labor risks to the employees’ health and safety are greater, force the workforce to do everything within their power to preserve their scarce and coveted jobs. These factors create the necessary conditions for the insurgence of an even more “aggressive” mobbing in conjunction with other distinguishing realities. Mobbing is a not a new phenomenon, but its amplitude and rising spread call for a judicial-legal approach able to tackle a problem that affects countless workers worldwide. The consequences triggered by mobbing are devastating to the victim. Creating legislation capable of protecting the rights of each and every one of us is one of the key goals of a civilized society, thus addressing this issue has become imperative in the legislation. Simply contemplating the phenomenon in our legislation is not enough however. This measure must also provide effective solutions that allow everybody to be able to work with dignity.

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