An Italian court ruled that it is unlawful for employers to scold employees loud enough that other employees can hear.
ANSA reported that Italy's highest court of appeal ordered a Milan company to pay damages to a 12-year employee subjected to "continuous" and ''excessive'' reprimands for months before being fired.
The Italian news service said mobbing generally refers to the collective bullying of workers by co-workers.
ANSA noted that last week the Cassation Court said it was OK for workers to ask bosses ''Who the (expletive) do you think you are?'' as long as it was an ''instinctive'' reaction to being reprimanded by superiors.
Now that's a nanny state.