Legislating Against Workplace Bullying
President, National Workplace Bullying Coalition, and Professor, Grove College of Business, Shippensburg University
The United States has one of the weakest systems of employee protections of any industrialized country in the world. Just recently, the ITUC 2020 Global Rights Index found the United States to be the worst of any industrialized/advanced economy for the violation of workers’ rights. The United States is quickly becoming one of the few advanced countries to fail to protect worker dignity by prohibiting workplace bullying, has some of the weakest protections in the world for unionizing, and is one of only three countries that provides no guaranteed paid maternity leave for all workers. The current legal system in the United States allows employers to violate employee rights with impunity, as many rights are simply not legally protected, and where there are protections, there is either lax enforcement or there are weak penalties. Funding for enforcement agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) have been slashed over the past 30 years. In this session, learn about gaps in the current U.S. laws, how the Dignity At Work Act (DAWA) can close those gaps, and what you can do to help.
Jerry Carbo, Esq. is president of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition and professor of management at the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University (PA). Notably, he was selected in 2015 to be a member of the newly formed EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. He holds a PhD from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a JD from Penn State University. Dr. Carbo is a member of the State Bar of West Virginia. His primary teaching areas are Business and Society, Labor Relations and Employment Law. Dr. Carbo conducts research in workplace bullying and harassment as well as socially sustainable business systems. Academic articles include: Workplace Bullying: Developing a Human Rights Definition from the Perspective and Experiences of Targets.Working USA (September 2010) w/ A. Hughes; Strengthening the Healthy Workplace Act…’ Experiences, Journal of Workplace Rights, Volume 14 No. 1 (2009).