Workplace Bullying Could Become Safety Violation in Hawaii

February 27, 2012

Bullying, abuse and verbal harassment in the workplace may cause employees physical and psychological harm.

That’s part of the rationale behind a proposal in Hawaii to make abusive conduct against an employee an occupational safety violation. Victims would be eligible for workers’ compensation.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee this week is deciding whether to send Senate Bill 2487 to the full Senate for approval.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor recently held a hearing on the bill. Two employees testified about the emotional distress they suffered because of an abusive supervisor. Although the employees got a restraining order, the abuse continued for another two years.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety defines workplace bullying as intimidation, slandering, social isolation or humiliation by one or more persons against another.

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  • September 6, 2012 at 11:26 am
    Judith Munson says:
    I am also very concerned that by making workplace bullying a safety violation that there would be widespread abuse simply because of the broad aspect of the damage that bullyi... read more
  • February 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    Solution says:
    If they don't like it, beat 'em up after work.
  • February 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    Anejo says:
    I agree with you. The flip-side is the worker who prefers workers comp to work. I can see work-comp rates go up from abuses. Harder to deny than soft tissue injuries? I don't ... read more
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