November 11th, 2013

WDRB-TV: Does Kentucky need a workplace bullying law?


By Lindsey Allen, WDRB-TV, Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 11, 2013

Are laws needed to protect workers from bullying in the workplace? 25 states have filed legislation pushing for a “Healthy Workplace Law”. Should Kentucky be next?

Andrea Deacon describes herself as a successful business woman but while employed by a fortune 100 company in Louisville, she claims she became a victim, of workplace bullying. The Workplace Bullying Institute defines it as: “Repeated health harming abusive conduct committed by bosses or co-workers”

Deacon said, “When it has an impact on your health mentally and emotionally that’s how you know it goes above and beyond what is, or should be considered acceptable in the workplace.”

Deacon says she climbed her way to the top through hard work but her career came to a screeching halt when the bullying started.

“Underhanded threats about removing you from the team…It made you feel helpless because when I reached out for help there was none given,” she said.

She says the human resources department couldn’t help because she wasn’t harassed because of her gender, religion, race or sexual orientation.

“If you’re not in one of those social groups and you’re still being abused at work by this type of harassment you have no protection and you have no support,” said Deacon.

That’s why Deacon and more than 150 others have signed this change.org petition calling on Kentucky Legislatures to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill. It’s a bill that’s already been introduced in 25 states. It would enable workers to seek legal action for health harming cruelty at work while holding the employer accountable. The Workplace Bullying Institute estimates 35% of the U-S workforce has been bullied. Another 15% has witnessed it.

“We teach our kids every day that bullying is wrong but when they enter the workplace but when they enter the workplace, if this bill isn’t passed, there’s going to be no help for them,” she said.

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  1. Louis Hall says:

    This is an extreme problem, and i would not even be surprised if most of the workplace volience didnt start from some form of bullying. To be given a chance to have a job that is a life altering awarded to you, just to have someone make your working enviroment a hostile and unfavored place to be. This impacting your entire sense of self worth. I am not understanding to why as Gods children do we feel compelled to be overly mean and critical of a fellow indiviual that is simply trying to provide a life for their family.

  2. Louis Hall says:

    This is an extreme problem, and i would not even be surprised if most of the workplace volience didnt start from some form of bullying. To be given a chance to have a job that is a life altering awarded to you, just to have someone make your working enviroment a hostile and unfavored place to be. This impacting your entire sense of self worth. I am not understanding to why as Gods children do we feel compelled to be overly mean and critical of a fellow indiviual that is simply trying to provide a life for their family. We have
    all experienced at some point and time, and at different levels, why could the work force not be accepting of new and upcoming employees. I have experienced bullying in the form of not being taught how to do a job, on an assembly line. The employee refused to train me, openly and in front of me. I also have been subjected to hostile treatment because the employees wanted to keep the over time. At one point it was because the employees didnt want women working in the plant. I have witenessed men belittled and quit. i just think that we as humans could do better.

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