Sen. Ciccone’s Healthy Workplace Act that combats workplace bullying passes Senate
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Frank A. Ciccone’s (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence) legislation (2019-S 0090) that would establish a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment and other abusive behavior that may not fall into other categories that are already protected such as race, sex or sexual orientation passed the Rhode Island Senate tonight.
“I have been introducing this legislation for four years and in today’s climate of accountability being brought upon harassers, bullies, and abusers, we must continue the social progress we have made and pass this protective legislation for all employees in Rhode Island. Rhode Island workers deserve to have the Healthy Workplace Act of 2019 become law and I thank my colleagues in the Senate for supporting this important piece of workplace protection legislation,” said Senator Ciccone.
The purpose of the legislation is to provide legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically, or economically, by deliberate exposure to abusive work environments. The legislation would also provide legal incentives for employers to prevent and respond to abusive mistreatment of employees at work.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903