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We’re forming Dignity At Work Act state teams across the nation

As we build our national movement, we’re excited to announce teams in these states:

California
Florida
Illinois
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Michigan
Nevada
New Jersey
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Washington

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More than 30 targets and supporters testified in support of the Dignity At Work Act in Massachusetts

On June 22, 2021, more than 30 targets and supporters — the largest group of supporters of workplace anti-abuse legislation at a hearing in U.S. history — spoke in support of the Dignity At Work Act in front of the the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Watch a 3-minute testimony reel.

Watch a 1-hour testimony reel.

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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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