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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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Freedom Week Albany, NY Events – Oct. 24 & 25

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Two Freedom Week events by our New York affiliates …

October 24, 2012 – Albany, NY – The film, Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal (2010 Documentary, 74 mins.) will be shown at the First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12206 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) .

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, led by the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates (NYHWA.ORG), about the film, the effects of workplace harassment on workers and employers, and the current efforts that are being made in NYS to pass legislation to address workplace bullying. Suggested donation $5.00. Contact NYHWA for more information at

October 25, 2012 – Albany, NY – The New York Healthy Workplace Advocates (NYHWA.ORG) will provide a one hour breakout session seminar titled, “Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal,” as part of Sage College’s 13th Annual Northeast United States Conference on Character Education. Conference registration is required to participate in this event. Details available at Keynote speaker will be Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary Bully, and friend of WBI.


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MHANYS: Why Healthy Workplace Legislation is a Mental Health Advocacy Issue

Friday, May 18th, 2012

By John Richter, Public Policy Director [Participant in the April 30, 2012 Press Conference]
Mental Health Association in New York State, MHANYS

Advocates of “Healthy Workplace” legislation (in New York State in 2011-12: A4258/S4289) have been promoting a bill that would amend the labor law, in relation to establishing a private cause of action for an abusive work environment.



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About the NY Healthy Workplace Bills

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Nov. 14 coverage of the NY Healthy Workplace Bills on WCBS-TV, New York City, featuring Mike Schlicht, co-director of the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates. Visit the NY State Page of the national HWB website for sponsor details of the two active bills in NY.


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New York Healthy Workplace Bill must wait for 2011

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Read the story of the bill’s fate at the end of the 2009-10 legislative session in the New York State Legislature.


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Advocates discuss the Healthy Workplace Bill

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Read the May 25, 2010 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article
Advocates discuss the Healthy Workplace Bill by Mike Schlicht & Tom Witt (NYHWA Coordinators)


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