From the ADN: Employers need to start thinking of domestic violence and sexual assault as a personnel matter, not merely as a personal problem, Gov. Sean Parnell said Monday in calling on Alaska businesses to join his fight to end the scourge over the next decade.
Workplace bullying is a type of psychological trauma which can be psychological or physical comes at an even higher cost to businesses. It is also a high cost to society. The audience Parnell spoke to are themselves the perpetrators of this type of violence. It is often a part of their culture and sanctioned from high up. Highly experienced and educated employees are completely taken out of the workforce and end up on disability from the psychological damage. Why did Governor Parnell not even mention workplace bullying which is endemic in Alaska and has resulted in violence such as shootings and psychological trauma such as the PTSD I have from workplace bullying at a health care facility in bush Alaska? The Republican war on the middle class has a lot to do with that.
Workplace bullying is very similar to domestic violence, especially the psychological factor. The research shows the psychological abuse is much more damaging than the physical abuse. None of these types of violence have just recently just started happening nor are they invisible.
With workplace bullying there is no support because even the mental health practitioners in Alaska known nothing about it. The victim is blamed, making them sicker, if they loose it and do something to get arrested they are then incarcerated which makes them much sicker due to the abuses in the prisons. The court system does not allow the target to even discuss the psychological violence they have suffered, my case proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Having to deal with the injustice and prosecutorial misconduct that goes on in this state makes defendants very ill to begin with.
From KREM: Workplace bullying would be declared an unfair practice in Washington under legislation introduced by state Sen. Nick Harper of Everett.
The Olympian reports the state Civil Rights Commission would investigate complaints of an abusive work environment.
Employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically would have legal recourse.
Abusive conduct is defined as behavior that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive and unrelated to legitimate business interests.
A companion bill has been introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Liias of Mukilteo.