July 23rd, 2012

Dominion Post: Why workplace bully law needed


Bill’s author explains why workplace-bully law needed.
By David Beard, The Dominion Post [Morgantown, WV], July 22, 2012

Attorney Taylor Downs explains the rationale for HB 3015, West Virginia’s first-ever version of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, sponsored by Delegate Linda Longstreth. A hearing is scheduled for Tues. July 23 before the interim Joint Judiciary committee.

Details about HB 3015 can be found on the WV State Page at the HWB national website.

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  • kay

    As we see with the violence that just occurred at the premier of the
    Batman movie, incivility, abuse, harassment and all out craziness is so
    rampant within our world today. This I feel is all connected to the loss
    of personal boundary rights, privacy, and dignity within our society.
    Harassment and pervasive demeaning conduct is so out of control that
    many within the world, and especially those who have been victimized
    both minor and adult, feel that there is simply no recourse or control
    any more. When a sadistic person takes up an interest in harassing you,
    you face an uphill battle to protect yourself and hold the harasser/’s
    accountable. This harassment is found within the school, on the street,
    on the internet and most definitely and importantly….within the
    workplace.

    We need this law so desperately because employers will do NOTHING. They
    are so complacent and complicit in many situations and bystanders are
    nearly shell shocked and will not speak up. We are allowing our citizens
    to enter abusive fear laden workplaces daily and refuse to do anything
    about it. The decay of morality is causing even our children to either
    become sadistic and void of civility and humanity…or they are becoming
    victims of those children who have evolved into such disgusting beings.

    At work, parents are facing contending with sadistic and vile beings
    bent on humiliating and causing a person to feel powerless. This is
    nothing having to do with lacking work drive or intellect. Very often
    the targets are most capable, decent, non political, compassionate and
    likeable persons. Many are thriving within the work and with their
    families as well….that is until the bully sees them and vows to destroy
    them by whatever means necessary. The threat that the bully feels is
    only calmed by diminishing the target. It erodes the target and seeps
    over into their households and ruins a good family that would have been a
    positive addition to society.

    By not passing this law, our society and citizens are failed by those in
    a position to shore up, preserve and prioritize morality, civility and
    simple necessary boundaries that make our world a civilized and safe one
    to function and contribute within.

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