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The Buffalo News: Another Voice featuring NYHWA’s Mike Schlicht

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

By Mike Schlicht – The Buffalo (NY) News – Opinion – Dec. 3, 2013

Workplace Bullying Imposes on High Costs in New York

This past October, 32 villages, towns, cities and counties across New York State issued proclamations recognizing “Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week” and acknowledging that protection from abusive work environments should apply to every worker and not be limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.

Workplace bullying is four times more prevalent than sexual harassment and employees have no recourse in law but to quit their jobs. In today’s jobless recovery, that is not possible. Employees will stay as long as they can in abusive work environments, incurring mental and physical health ailments to provide for their families until they become disabled, take their own lives or strike out in acts of workplace violence. Targets of workplace bullying can incur severe depression, anxiety, increased risk of strokes and heart attacks, and symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Employers also incur costs from workplace bullying. Studies continually show that workplace bullying reduces productivity, incurs higher sick leave and health insurance costs, turnover and talent flight. Sadly, most employers do not understand these costs. Even if they wanted to reprimand, transfer or fire a bully for these specific actions, they face a wrongful termination suit.

Employees often seek out the services of human resources, believing that this department will help them address workplace bullying only to find that in most cases it does nothing or makes the situation worse. A recent survey found that 31 percent of human resources personnel are also bullied in the workplace. If they can’t help themselves, it is assured nothing can be done about it in current law.

Workplace bullying is defined as repeated, health-harming mistreatment in the form of verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, humiliation and work sabotage that undermines business and services. Targets of workplace bullying are employees who are bullied because they bring positive attributes to their employer and work environment. They are employees who are productive, talented, educated and team players. Workplace bullies are threatened by these traits so they make the workplace environment abusive and toxic in hope that the person will leave. When this doesn’t happen, the stakes rise and more egregious and aggressive tactics are used to impair the employee’s effectiveness that will assure the employee develops health issues.

For the lucky ones, an early retirement may be a way out, but at substantial cost. The unlucky may become partially or permanently disabled, under-employed or unemployable due to health impairments. Thirty-two communities have spoken. It is time to be free from workplace bullies.

Mike Schlicht is co-director of the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates and co-coordinator for the Healthy Workplace Bill Campaign in New York State.


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WCBS NY: Push On In New York State For Bill To Prevent Workplace Bullying

Monday, November 11th, 2013

By Jim Smith, WCBS-AM 880, New York City, Nov. 10, 2013

Bill Would Give Workplace Victims Legal Recourse

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In the wake of the alleged harassment on the Miami Dolphins football team, the spotlight has returned to workplace bullying.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, an effort has been under way for years to pass legislation on the subject in Albany.

The Healthy Workplace Bill has been lobbied for by Mike Schlicht of New York Healthy Workplace Advocates for seven years. He hopes to give victims legal recourse from bullying.

“It’s verbal abuse, work sabotage, and work interference, so it can be one or any combination of the three,” Schlicht said.

Schlicht said he was a victim personally, and said the effort was also designed to have companies put forth clear policies to prevent bullying.

“We don’t need to tolerate this environment, and certainly there’s no good reason for it,” Schlict said. “There’s better ways to manage and allow people to do their job.”

Schlicht said half the New York State Assembly is onboard with the bill, but more votes are needed in the state Senate.

Suffolk University law professor David Yamada first drafted the bill in 2001. A similar bill was advanced in California the following year, and New York organized next.

The bill has since been introduced in more than half the U.S. states, according to a news release. Healthy Workplace bills have already passed committee votes in New York, as well as Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, and has passed the House in New York for a study-only bill, the release said.

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Eloquent Bullied Workers Support NY 2012 Healthy Workplace Bill (Part 3)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

At the April 30, 2012 New York State Capitol press conference coordinated by the NY Healthy Workplace Advocates, an affiliate of the national Healthy Workplace Bill Campaign, lawmakers and endorsing unions and organizations were joined by four eloquent bullied targets. NY State Coordinators Tom Witt and Mike Schlicht hosted and concluded the event.

Part 3 -Target Support (42:53)

WBI has broken the 70 min. press conference into 3 parts for easier viewing.

View Part 1: Lawmakers

View Part 2: Unions & Orgs


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