We are an affiliate of the Workplace Bullying Institute that advocates passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill. We are on Facebook Groups as Connecticut Healthy Workplace Advocates and have a Google Group. Opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of WBI or Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie.
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CTHWA does not offer legal or psychological counseling. We are not a professional organization, only a group of volunteers.
PLEASE CLIICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION: The Healthy Workplace Bill, written by The Workplace Bullying Institute's affiliated law professor, David Yamada, carries no employer mandate, no fiscal impact for the state requiring state agency engagement, and a high threshold of evidentiary proof to assure that only the most serious and egregious cases become lawsuits. It helps employees who have suffered malicious, intention, health-harming abuse from co-workers or bosses, but rewards good employers with escape from liability if they take proactive steps to prevent an abusive work environment. Only chronically bad employers with repeat offenses will be afraid of this incremental legislation.
Connecticut Healthy Workplace Advocates urges Connecticut legislators and its new governor, Dan Malloy, to support this legislation, which has been introduced in prior years.
Over 200 state legislators of both political parties in 17 states since 2003 have sponsored and co-sponsored the anti-abusive conduct Healthy Workplace Bill. The bill has overwhelming support among voters who work for a living.
YOUR LETTER WILL GO TO YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS IN CONNECTICUT. HERE IS THE TEXT:
Dear Members of the Connecticut General Assembly:
I am signing this petition as a Connecticut constituents who supports a Healthy Workplace Bill. It's time to independently trust your heart, to listen to individuals in your district! If employers have to abuse employees to operate, they should lose their right to conduct business or to serve the pubic. We deserve a healthy, productive, safe working environment.
We desire a healthy workplace bill that contains the following provisions, as outlined by the Workplace Bullying Institute:
Precisely defines an "abusive work environment" -- it is a high standard for misconduct
Requires proof of health harm by licensed health or mental health professionals
Protect conscientious employers from vicarious liability risk when internal correction and prevention mechanisms are in effect
Gives employers the reason to terminate or sanction offenders
Requires plaintiffs to use private attorneys
Plugs the gaps in current state and federal civil rights protections
Provides an avenue for legal redress for health harming cruelty at work
Allows those whose health has been intentionally harmed to sue the bully as an individual
Holds the employer accountable if the employer has taken no action to stop the abusive conduct
Seeks restoration of lost wages and benefits
Compels employers to prevent and correct future instances.
The Healthy Workplace Bill will not
Involve state agencies to enforce any provisions of the law
Incur costs for adopting states
Require plaintiffs to be members of protected status groups (it is "status-blind")
Use the term "workplace bullying"
The Healthy Workplace Bill information can be found at http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/bill.php
Thank you for your consideration and concern for the workers of our state and for good employment practices.