Veto of Maine Workplace Bullying Bill Upheld

June 11, 2013

Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill aimed at bullying in the workplace will stand.

The Maine House of Representatives last week voted 87-56 to sustain the governor’s veto, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override.

The bill as amended directed the Workers’ Compensation Board to study psychological and physical harm employees suffer due to abusive work environments.

In his veto message, the governor said the study was unnecessary because the Workers’ Compensation Board already provides benefits to employees who suffer physical and psychological injuries on the job.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport, says 35 percent of adult Americans report being bullied at work. She says workplace bullying threatens health, careers, witnesses and affected families.

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  • June 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    Huh! says:
    There may be no need to legislate a study on workplace bullying; however, it is a very real issue. Those who bully others usually do so because no one will intervene and let ... read more
  • June 12, 2013 at 10:46 am
    Dodie says:
    I guess you all don't believe workplace bullying is an issue. Well it is and I am witnessing it first-hand at my current workplace.
  • June 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    plt says:
    Just another case of the Democrats in Maine trying to make it the all encompassing nanny state they desire! With no personal responsibility or Accountability

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