Turkish legal system: Mobbing

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Mobbing at work includes hostile and unethical actions which are con- ducted in a systematic manner by one or more persons, usually toward a single employee. Due to the said actions, those persons are pushed into a helpless and defenceless position and held there by means of continuing mobbing activities.

These actions occur very frequently and over an extended period of time. Because of the high frequency and long duration of hostile behaviour, this maltreatment results in mental, psychosomatic, and so- cial misery. In brief, mobbing means harassing, ganging up on some- one or terrorizing them at a workplace.

For the Turkish legal system, mobbing is a new concept. It is, there- fore, not regulated conceptually in any domestic legislation. Therefore,

Mobbing at work includes hostile and unethical actions which are con- ducted in a systematic manner by one or more persons, usually toward a single employee. Due to the said actions, those persons are pushed into a helpless and defenceless position and held there by means of continuing mobbing activities.

These actions occur very frequently and over an extended period of time. Because of the high frequency and long duration of hostile behaviour, this maltreatment results in mental, psychosomatic, and so- cial misery. In brief, mobbing means harassing, ganging up on some- one or terrorizing them at a workplace.

For the Turkish legal system, mobbing is a new concept. It is, there- fore, not regulated conceptually in any domestic legislation. Therefore, mobbing is defined and developed in case law. First decision regard- ing mobbing was delivered by 8th Labour Court of Ankara in 2006. In its decision, mobbing was defined as “every kind of maltreatment such as threat, violence, humiliation directed at an employee conducted by his employer, superior, subordinate or colleagues.”

Mobbing has not been defined in any Turkish legislation since the Office of Prime Minister issued Circular no. 2011/2 on Psychological Harassment at Workplaces (Mobbing) Prevention. Mobbing is de- fined in the said document as “emotional abuse which manifests it- self through various acts applied intentionally and systematically over a certain period of time, such as humiliating, abusing, intimidating, undervaluing, isolating the employee or damaging his (her) honour and dignity.”

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