Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

Why Does It Take a Richie Incognito for Us to Start Talking About Bullying?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

By Kerri L. Stone, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University, Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2013

In the wake of the Richie Incognito suspension, a big question that we need to ask is…why? With bullying so rampant in society, why has this story captivated the public imagination? And why did the Dolphins decide to suspend him that Sunday afternoon after initially defending him in a statement released just that morning?

The first question is easy. Bullying is linked in the public imagination to juvenile, perhaps inconsequential schoolyard behavior that “strong” adults should be able to tolerate, especially when they are large, famous professional football players. No one has cared much about workplace bullying among adults, and this has been a mistake. Until now. In the NFL.

The harm that workplace bullying does to organizations’ morale, productivity, and efficiency is well-documented. It erodes employees’ feelings of wellbeing and dignity in the workplace. Each day in this country, untold numbers of people falter and/or leave their employment because of corrosive workplace bullying. But until a famous football player took a stand and walked away from fame and success, no headlines screamed to us about this phenomenon.

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Healthy Workplace bill before Massachusetts legislature takes aim at bullying at work, supporters say

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

By LISA VAN DER POOL
Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts workers will be able to take legal action against a bullying co-worker or boss, if supporters of the proposed Healthy Workplace bill get their way.

The legislation’s goal is to provide legal relief for employees who have been hurt psychologically, physically or financially because they’ve been subjected to an abusive work environment. The proposed legislation is meant to be an incentive for employers to prevent and deal with workplace bullying.

Supporters of the bill say workers who are not part of a protected class need legal protection from workplace bullying, which they say has been on the upswing in the struggling economy.

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PSC Backs Healthy Workplace Bill

Friday, June 1st, 2012

By John Tarleton
PSC-Cuny

PSC Cross-Campus Officer Andrea Vasquez (right) discusses the Healthy Workplace Bill during a May 9 meeting of HEOs and CLTs at City College. On her left is HEO Chapter Chair Iris DeLutro. 03-DSC5179.jpg

Public concern about school bullying has increased greatly in recent years. No longer seen as an inevitable part of growing up, school bullying is now understood as an important social problem that can affect both health and learning, and as a problem that school districts have a responsibility to solve.

Now a coalition of unions and worker advocacy groups in New York State is taking aim at another venue where bullying is widespread but little acknowledged – the workplace. The PSC and its coalition allies aim to win passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill (S4289/A4258), a measure that would provide remedies to workers whose employers allow them to be subjected to a pattern of abusive conduct on the job.

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U.S. Senator to Propose Federal Anti-Bullying Legislation

Friday, October 8th, 2010

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said on Wed. Oct. 6 that he would introduce federal legislation requiring colleges and universities to adopt policies or codes of conduct that prohibit bullying and harassment in the wake of the suicide of a Rutgers University student, freshman Tyler Clementi, whose gay sexual encounter in his dorm room was streamed online by his roomate, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. We await news of this legislation and ask that the Senator adopt the spirit and language of the Healthy Workplace Bill that has been introduced widely in states throughout the U.S. READ THE SENATOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT