On March 18, 2010, the Abusive Workplace Act passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 35- 17. The bill now moves on the the House Committee for their vote.
This is a first for the U.S. This opens up the doors even wider for other states to get legislation passed in their own states against bullying, mobbing and other forms of harassament in the workplace. At present there are no laws on the books against this type of destructive behavior in the U.S.
Bullying behavior has cost people their jobs, income, marriages, health and in some cases their lives. There should be definitive laws that every company, large and small would be accountable to. This is not limited to the private sector, but in our government offices also.