Powerful, well-funded corporate and business interests are contacting Massachusetts state legislators and generating letter-writing campaigns to voice their opposition to the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (filed as House No. 2310 in the 2011-12 session).
In some ways, this is a good sign. It means that the HWB is being taken seriously.
Nevertheless, as author of the underlying language of the HWB, I’ve examined their claims and found them wanting. Here are my responses:
1. Claim: Existing harassment law is sufficient to protect bullying targets.
Reality: This is untrue. Harassment law protects only those individuals who can prove that the mistreatment is due to their protected class membership, such as sex, race, or age.
The HWB protects all employees from abusive mistreatment on an equal opportunity basis, filling a huge gap in the law.
2. Claim:Existing tort (personal injury) law is sufficient to protect bullying targets.
Reality: This is untrue. …
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