Some readers know that I am the author of the “Healthy Workplace Bill,” model legislation designed to give severely bullied workers a right to sue for damages and to impose upon employers legal incentives to act preventively and responsively to workplace bullying. Since 2003, variations of the bill have been introduced in some 12 state legislatures. I believe that someday soon we will see the Healthy Workplace Bill enacted in one or more states.
Dr. Gary Namie, whose pivotal public education and advocacy work has been noted several times on this blog, has been instrumental in supporting state-level organizations to advocate for this legislation. Here is a status report of where things are: http://workplacebullyinglaw.org/. This page includes contact information for those who would like to get involved.
For Massachusetts readers who would like to get involved in the newly formed Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, please contact Greg Sorozan at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sharing news of our progress soon.
America has fallen behind Canada, Australia, and many European nations on enacting workplace bullying laws. In the meantime, hardworking employees who have been psychologically pummeled at work are told by lawyers that they have no legal recourse. When cruelty and psychological violence are perfectly legal in the workplace, something is very wrong.