EDISON - There has been much attention paid lately to school bullies, but some believe that bullying in the workplace has been flying under the radar.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 35 percent of the nation's workforce has reported being a victim of bullying.

A recent survey revealed that more than half of the nation's employers have anti-bullying policies in place. New Jersey and other states are pursuing legislation that would make workplace bullying illegal and give victims the right to sue for physical and emotional harm.

The legislation has garnered mixed reactions from around the state.

Studies have shown that abusive work environments can have negative effects on employees, including stress, loss of sleep, anxiety, depression and hypertension.