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The Dignity At Work Act in Rhode Island passes the Rhode Island Senate

Introduced by Senator Frank Ciccone, the Dignity At Work Act in Rhode Island passed the Rhode Island Senate on March 9, 2021.

“I have been introducing similar legislation for many 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 Dignity at Work Act become law and I thank my colleagues in the Senate for supporting this important piece of workplace protection legislation,” said Senator Ciccone in a press release.

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COVID bullies are the worst form of bullies

Dr. Jerry Carbo, JD/PhD President, The National Workplace Bullying Coalition

I have spent nearly a quarter of a century studying and trying to eliminate workplace bullying. I have seen terrible outcomes of workplace bullying, including being informed that a target of bullying committed suicide by ingesting anti-freeze. I have seen bullies tear apart organizations. I have seen targets flee their jobs and their careers. I have seen and heard from targets who have retired early and others who have been rushed to hospitals with panic attacks and even heart attacks. I know targets who have questioned their own worth for years and even decades as a result of their bullies.

However, what I see now in the heart of a pandemic is that the worst form of bullying and the worst forms of bullies are emerging. At a time when we all, as a society, should come together to prevent further death and harm (over 170,000 Americans have died as a result of this virus at the time I am writing this), these bullies are running amok in areas of our lives that we should expect so much more and so much better. Many of these bullies will never admit that they are bullies, but they are. Many try to justify their bullying with some higher-level cause, but they can’t because at the end of the day they are violating the most basic of human rights and their most basic responsibilities to society.

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Can We Live?

By Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney

“I can’t breathe!” As a Black woman, I reflect on the power of those words. They are too familiar, but not just because they are a refrain locked within the last words and moments of too many dead Black men. They are a part of the lexicon of Blacks living in America. I also have uttered those words. We cannot breathe. What does that mean? It means we (Black people, humans) cannot (want to but are not allowed to) breathe (are suffocating from the strangling hold of racism). We cannot breathe!

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New Facebook pages for state Dignity At Work Act efforts

Efforts are underway to introduce the Dignity At Work Act in all 50 states.

Join the movement to protect workers from abuse of power by liking your state’s Facebook page:

If you don’t see a bill director in your state and would like to introduce the bill in your state, email info@dignityatworkact.org for more information.

We’re mobilizing

Advocates from across the nation will connect on what the Dignity At Work Act is and how they can introduce it in their states.

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