Employers must wake up to the fact that workplace bullying is becoming one of Australia's major social issues and could be adversely affecting the health of thousands of employees.
Personal injury law firm Trilby Misso has claimed it is receiving at least 12 enquiries per month from people who are suffering extreme stress or depression caused by bullying in the workplace.
Trilby Misso managing lawyer Robyn Davies said: "This is double the number of enquiries we were getting a year ago and bullying is now among the most common complaints we receive from workers seeking compensation.
"But we believe that these numbers represent only the tip of the iceberg. People who phone us are usually at their wits end, having tried to improve the situation over a period of months or even years."
A Productivity Commission report released this year found the effects of workplace stress, including bullying, cost employers $10 billion a year through absenteeism and diminished performance.