Letter: Bill bans workplace bullying
I would like to bring to your attention to House Bill 591, which would prohibit bullying in the public work place.
As we all know, bullying occurs in our schools, and the Legislature has passed laws in the recent past to deter such behavior and require school officials to take action. Unfortunately, state law does not provide appropriate pathways to provide adequate relief to employees who have been harmed by abusive work environments. If employees subjected to bullying by coworkers or supervisors cannot establish the behavior was motivated by race, creed, color, age, marital status, disability or national origin, they are unlikely to be protected by the law against such treatment.
This bill was introduced by Rep. Dianne Schuett of Pembroke and is cosponsored by Reps. Susan Emerson, Janice Schmidt, Frank Davis, Alan Turcotte, Virginia Irwin, Sylvia Gale and Caroletta Alicea.
HB 591 will be heard by the House Labor Committee on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. I encourage readers to provide oral and/or written testimony to the committee encouraging them to vote to prohibit bullying in the workplace.