Pass the anti-bullying HEALTHY WORKPLACE BILL ~ In the US

Online petition – Pass the anti-bullying HEALTHY WORKPLACE BILL This link will take you to a petition for a Bill to stop workplace Bullying in the US. If interested please click here.

Pass the anti-bullying HEALTHY WORKPLACE BILL
37 Signatures
Published by mary_kirk on Oct 22, 2008
Category: Employment
Region: United States of America
Target: Lawmakers
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/mary_kirk
Description/History:
Please only sign this petition if you are a citizen of the United States.

Workplace bullying — interpersonal mistreatment, harassment, psychological violence — directly affects approximately 37% of American workers. That is approximately 54 million Americans! It poses an occupational health hazard. Too few targeted individuals complain.

Existing laws require harassment to be discriminatory. Either race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation is required to be illegal. Approximately two-thirds of all harassment is ‘status-blind’ and legal. In 1998, the Washington Post editorialized “what bothers people about abusive workplace conduct, after all, is not the fact that it may be discriminatory but that it is abusive in the first place.”

The Healthy Workplace Bill substitutes health-impairment for discrimination, and extends protection to all employees, working for either public or private employers, regardless of protected group status, who seek redress for being subjected to an abusive work environment. It becomes unlawful to be subjected to another employee whose malicious conduct sabotages or undermines the targeted person’s work performance. Furthermore, the bill holds the bullying employee directly liable for the unlawful employment practice and punishes retaliation of the complainant.

Serious psychological violence, in sub-lethal and non-physical forms, creates an abusive workplace and affects the targeted person’s health. Demonstrable physical or mental health harm can include shame, humiliation, stress, loss of sleep, severe anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reduced immunity to infection, gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension, and pathophysiologic changes that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The bill requires documentation of such impairment by a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or by competent expert evidence at trial.

Individual plaintiffs must rely solely on private attorneys. The State has no enforcement role. No government bureaucracy will be created or funded. Individuals may accept workers’ compensation benefits in lieu of bringing action under this bill.

The bill seeks to compel employer prevention through internal policies and enforcement. No new employer regulations are created.

Unfortunately, the actual text of the anti-bullying HEALTHY WORKPLACE BILL to give to lawmakers is available only to authorized users — State Coordinators and Registered Citizen Lobbyists whose lawmaker requested a copy.

Petition:
We, the undersigned believe it is crucial to our health and economy to pass the Anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill.

A Bill that:

Addresses only the most abusive, health-endangering circumstances including verbal abuse and offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating or intimidating, and work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done.

Holds the bullying employee directly liable for the unlawful employment practice. He or she is the first one to sue. The employer may be vicariously liable. However, the bill provides ample opportunities for employers to not be held liable: (1) when it exercises reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct the abusive conduct, and (2) when negative employment decisions are consistent with legitimate business interests, or the employee’s poor performance, illegal or unethical activity.

Good employers with policies that honestly enforce them have nothing to fear.

Does not mandate “feeling good” principles, health must be damaged!

No new government bureaucracy; costs the state nothing.

The small penalties will discourage attorneys from taking weak cases — low chance of frivolous cases.

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About sweetcardomom

I am a mother, grandmother and advocate for those suffering from the torment of emotional abuse regardless of gender, or who the abuser is. Emotional abuse can come from anyone around you whether personal or professional. Parents, spouses, lovers, teachers, siblings, co-workers, bosses, and even your therapist. I am a survivor and have grown a lot during the past few months. The struggle continues and so do I. Hoping to make a difference "One Person At A Time" ~ sweetcardomom
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6 Responses to Pass the anti-bullying HEALTHY WORKPLACE BILL ~ In the US

  1. Mary Kirk says:

    Hi Sweetcardomom!

    Thank you so very much for posting this!

    You’ve built a wonderful place of resourses, hope, and help for so many people. You are a hero!

    Mary

  2. I am very glad to do it. This is something I have not been able to understand why it hasn’t been done before now. When I saw your petition I was so excited and thrilled. I work for a major University and one that is so anti abuse and pro diversity and respect yet it is a haven for workplace bullying. I don’t understand. It is so rampant all through at all levels. I am not the most eloquent when it comes to trying to voice something like this, or I would go straight to the University President herself regarding this issue. I know that the outcome would probably be me being labeled a trouble maker if I dared. Needless to say at this point I will not be contacting the President of the University quite yet but I will at some point.
    So I really would like to say thank you for all your efforts and for the petition. ~ sweetcardomom

  3. Mary Kirk says:

    I agree holding off on contacting the University President is probably a good idea if you can. I’m sure you’d be very eloquent but it is so hard to talk about! Especially with the predicted outcome.
    I’m with you in spirit!
    I’m so happy to hear you were thrilled when you saw the petition! Since I’ve started this I’ve read lots of stories and they don’t have happy endings…yet.

  4. Mary Kirk says:

    Oh yeah, you’re welcome. 🙂

  5. I’ve been reading a lot too, and I haven’t found anything with a good out come yet either. How sad is that? Let’s hope that we are entering into a new era where the workers of this country will be able to work without being bullied. It won’t happen over night, but any step is better than no steps at all. 😉

  6. David Turnbull says:

    This is absolutlety the worst thing anyone can go through! Kudo’s to Mary for seeing this through! (please contact me) My advice, Sue, if you can, do not file workers compensation. It will bring you more misery than it’s worth. The worst out-come, personally is PTSD (which I have) and no one will understand what’s happening to you. You will go nuts without the right diagnosis and the right treatment, and the right attorney. I have been there and am there. when it comes to work, we are 30 years behind the rest of the world. I would be happy to talk to anyone at : cat_barf@sbcglobal.net I did receive a sigificant award from the city I work for, and I will be glad to help where I can there, but it’s not about the money is it? You will be damaged for life if you don’t see this through. If there has been some kind of injustuice. And if recognized as such, you will never recover. Once your sense of justice has been damaged & your integrity has been blown to bits, it will become extemely hard to become whole again. If your integrity has been blown to pieces – good luck – you will probably never be the same. I am sorry to say this, but your mind/body changes, and there is nothing you can do about it. Your body/mind has been in high-gear for so long, it does not recognize your old self – you’re screwed. But try and convince any court of this and you’re fighting a forty year-old battle. Been there – done that. If I can help any one – PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH MARY. I will be glad to explain what’s happening. You’re not losing your mind, it just feels that way, but don’t expect others to understandstand what you’re going through, it’s futile & they will only tolerate it for so long. They cannot understand it & I don’t care how long or hard you try to explain it. It aways comes back to ” just get over it.”

    Dave –

    David – Mary Kirk – you know me, please contact me! Dave –

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