The Wall Street Journal, reporting on the New York State Senate’s passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill, ran this headline:
State Anti-Bully Law Would Let Workers Sue for Nastiness
The Healthy Workplace Bill is not about everyday dust-ups, arguments, or jerky behavior at work. When enacted into law, a worker seeking relief under the statute will have to show that the bullying behavior was malicious and harmful. That’s a high standard for recovery, far beyond mere “nastiness.”
R.M. Schneiderman’s article goes on to state:
Amid the furor over Gov. Paterson’s furlough plan this week, few seemed to notice when the state Senate passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday that would give workers who have been physically, psychologically or economically abused by their employers the ability to sue in civil court.
But opponents of the law, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are quickly lining up to say the measure’s passage in the state Assembly would result in lots of costly litigation.
The article goes on to detail some of the arguments that have been made against the Healthy Workplace Bill. If you’d like to post your response to the article, here’s the link.