Ending sexual harassment at work means ending workplace bullying, says today’s LA Times

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For the first time since the Harvey Weinstein scandal became public, a major publication made the connection between sexual harassment and workplace bullying, even noting the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill and its author David Yamada.

This article’s a big deal.

In today’s LA Times article “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying,” Reporter David Lieberman says:

Legislators can do more to address the problem. They can make workplace bullying illegal. Too many corporate leaders find it expedient to look the other way when bosses — especially ones they deem indispensable — systematically intimidate and humiliate underlings. Bullies who believe that their whims matter more than other people’s dignity often don’t see why their sexual impulses shouldn’t be just as indulged.

Lieberman adds:

Abused employees would be able to go to court if states or Congress adopted laws like the Healthy Workplace Bill, proposed by Suffolk University Law School professor David Yamada. He found that U.S. courts rarely sided with victims of bullying who sought relief under employment laws that already prohibit “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Taking a page from the standards for a hostile work environment established under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Healthy Workplace Bill would empower employees to sue companies for actions that “a reasonable person would find abusive, based on the severity, nature or frequency of the conduct.”

The timing couldn’t be better. With just eight months left in the two-year legislative session in Massachusetts, meaning we’ve already reached the halfway point, the bill is stuck in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development led by Rep. Paul Brodeur. Retailers and business organizations have voiced their opposition. We need a stronger voice. We need a big push to legislators asking them to ask Rep. Brodeur to move the bill, Senate Bill 1013, an act regarding workplace bullying and mobbing without regard to protected class, favorably out of committee.

Urge your legislators to contact Rep. Paul Brodeur about moving Senate Bill 1013 forward »

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3 comments

  1. Steven Kalavity

    Workplace bullying and harassment must be regarded as corruption and treated as such. Behaviors and decisions are made without viable and legal agency authority. Top-management and boards is where the liability and accountability resides. Workplace bullying and harassment are well documented to negatively impact enterprise productivity and bottom line earnings.
    Workplace bullying and harassment are also documented as significant workplace health and safety hazards. Under the current systems, top management and boards have the authoritative power to not abide by their own policy and laws to protect themselves. They can evaluate ridiculous performance and force terminations. HR is corrupted as a weapon used by top-management. HR needs to be removed from the process and such claims need to be treated as corruption and health and safety issues with third-party oversight. Similarly, legal compliance and internal governance is dysfunctional in corrupt organizations.
    Harassment and bullying are abuse of agency position and power. Governments allow agency through articles of incorporation and need to oversee workplaces. Only when power is taken away from corrupt hierarchies will targets of abuse find justice.

    • familytreegirl

      I agree with your comment but how sad this is! Bullying is totally out of control with nothing in place to protect the victims or witnesses. I guess there just hasn’t been enough deaths or money loss to an organization to make a change.

  2. familytreegirl

    Reblogged this on bullying in the workplace and commented:
    Wow the news is on overload! How do we keep up? It’s tough but we need to know what is going on with bullying and how it impacts the workplace along with the individuals. Bullying is a long lasting with deep impacts to individuals victims and witnesses. Check out this most recent one discussing sexual harassment. https://mahealthyworkplace.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/ending-sexual-harassment-at-work-means-ending-workplace-bullying-says-todays-la-times/

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