"No one should dread going to work because of the unfair actions of a co-worker or supervisor," said Assemblyman Johns. "It is a shame that bullying, sexual harassment and physical harassment can happen in the workplace. Thatís why I call on the Assembly Majority to bring bill A.4258 to the floor for an up-or-down vote."
Nearly one out of every five employees surveyed said they have dealt with forms of abuse from sexual harassment to physical abuse. Studies have shown that abused employees may become clinically depressed, suffer from a loss of sleep and/or suffer from a wide range of psychological and physical ailments.
The legislation will provide legal recourse for employees who have been harmed in any manner, and it also will provide legal incentives for employers who prevent and quickly respond to the mistreatment of employees. Assembly bill A.4258 and Senate bill S.4289 require no state oversight and have no fiscal impact on the New York State Budget.