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Event Date: June 8, 2015
State Senator Dan Wolf & Suffolk Univ. Law Professor David Yamada Speak on Workplace Bullying
Public Forum in Hyannis to Focus on ‘Healthy Workplace Bill’
Bullying doesn’t stop on the playground with kids. State Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich,) Senate Chair on the Joint Committee on Labor and Workplace Development, along with Suffolk University Law Professor David Yamada, the author of the Healthy Workplace Bill, will speak on workplace bullying on Monday, June 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cape Codder Hotel on Route 132 in Hyannis.
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The national Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) defines workplace bullying as occurring when a controlling colleague attempts a “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators” through threats, verbal abuse, humiliation or intimidation, through manipulative, strategic words and/or action, or by withholding resources from people that are necessary to get their jobs done well. When the abuser is on the company payroll, workplace bullying is “akin to domestic violence at work,” according to the WBI.
It’s estimated that roughly 40% of American workers, including one millionin Massachusetts, are victims of some form of workplace bullying while employer productivity is reduced by 50%. Despite the widespread effects of workplace bullying there are no federal anti-bullying laws.
In Massachusetts, fifty-eight lawmakers have signed onto House Bill 1766, the Healthy Workplace Bill, as it awaits introduction in the current Beacon Hill legislative session.
Senator Wolf and Professor Yamada will discuss their perspectives on bullying and what this type of abuse means to potential victims on Cape Cod, and representatives from the SEIU and AIM will be present to comment and answer questions.
For more information contact Lori Pinard at 617.755.4807