STATUS BLIND HARASSMENT LAWS:The Healthy Workplace Bill from inception to current legislation.
In 2001 the campaign to garner support for anti bullying laws in multiple states thanks to a Suffolk University Professor of Law, David Yamada. Mr. Yamada wrote several papers on workplace bullying and drafted the text of the Healthy Workplace Bill first introduced in California in 2003. Since the first draft of the bill was introduced, 20 other states have introduced similar legislation. Currently, 16 bills are active in 11 states.
The United States is the last of the western democratic nations to introduce legislation to prohibit workplace bullying. The following countries have forms of anti bullying laws to prevent or correct harassment in the workplace: Sweden, Britain, France, Ireland, Australia and Canada.
The premise of the bill is to provide legal recourse for employees who do not fall into the current protected classes under Title VII, namely: race, religion, sex, age, nationality. According to the official website for the Healthy Workplace Bill, the following points describe the need for such legislation and what the bill can do for employers and employees:
What the HWB Does for Employers
What the HWB Does Not Do
No state has enacted the bill as of yet, but its supporters are optimistic that it will be signed into law in the not so distant future.
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