My 2017 live testimony in support of the MA Healthy Workplace Bill

In April 2017, union local president Greg Sorozan and I testified in support of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill at a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development of the Massachusetts state legislature. Until recently, I didn’t know that Greg’s union, the National Association of Government Employees, had posted a video of our testimony on their YouTube page. It runs for just under six minutes.

I’m happy to report that the HWB, filed in Massachusetts as Senate Bill No. 1013 for the current 2017-18 session, has been favorably reported out of the Joint Committee, putting it an important step closer to a full floor vote in the Senate. As the author of the HWB’s template language, I am hoping that Massachusetts will become the first state to enact the full version of the HWB. Several other states have enacted workplace bullying legislation that draws upon the model language but falls short of creating a legal right to file a legal claim for damages.

3 responses

  1. We need to get you involved with the federal government. The Forest Service is imploding right now due to many allegations of sexual harassment (including rape) in the female firefighter’s ranks from the recent PBS expose. Chronic generalized harassment with the rest of the workforce is so common, that the agency has been forced to DO SOMETHING finally instead of protecting the abusers. They are looking for experts to help them deal with the problems and develop strategies for improvements. You would want to contact Lenise Lego in the Washington Office, if you are interested.

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