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.

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.

Reasons for signing

  • Workplace bullying destroys lives.
  • As a victim of workplace bullying, harassment & retaliation, I was informed by my employer that it was a union issue! The International Union had found 2 of my "brother's" guilty of retaliation, however, their is no punishment for the guilty! The brother's continued to represent the membership as though no offense was committed! I remained the victim until retirement. Employer's & Union's should be required to enforce punishment on those found guilty of such behavior.
  • Just as we must have the utmost protections for workers to seek legal justice in the face of workplace abuse, it is also vital to consider that people who abuse others have likely been abused themselves and suffer from poor self image. Part of the just response to address abuse is to figure out why it happened in the first place.

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