To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
End Workplace Abuse
Support the Healthy Workplace Bill, which creates a legal claim for abused targets who can establish that they were subjected to malicious, health-harming behavior. It also provides defenses for employers who act preventatively and responsively with regard to bullying and includes provisions to discourage frivolous claims. http://www.endworkplaceabuse.com
Why is this important?
When a supervisor or co-worker puts-down, sabotages, or otherwise humiliates, threatens, or intimidates an employee, it makes life miserable for that employee day after day. Workplace abuse is about those in power having too much power and grossly misusing it, often causing anxiety, depression, insomnia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and suicidal thoughts with workers. It chips away at mental health, ruins self-esteem, and denies targets the dignity they deserve. Think domestic abuse but at work — with the same gradual feelings of low self-worth, self-blame, and isolation.
Workplace abuse is a serious national problem. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, the foremost U.S. expert, it's four times more common than sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job. Over a third of workers — "60.4 million — are affected by it" and experience or witness bullying during their working lives.