Link (Jan 30, 2015)
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation (HB 1179) providing for court-ordered relief to victims of workplace bullying.
Workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators that takes one of the following forms:
Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating or intimidating; and
Work interference – sabotage – undermining of an employee’s work performance.
Workplace bullying affects 37% of adult Americans. In its more severe forms, it triggers a host of stress-related health complications -- hypertension, auto-immune disorders, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- often disrupting an individual’s immediate job and career. My proposal would permit courts to provide relief to victims who do not already fit into a protected class based on race, gender, age, or national origin as outlined in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Courts would be permitted to order relief as they deem appropriate, including, but not limited to, reinstatement, removal of the offender from the work environment, reimbursement for lost wages, medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for emotional distress, punitive damages and attorney fees. Read more