Employee safety; abusive work environment. (HB2089)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Employment; abusive work environment. Prohibits an employer from (i) permitting an employee to be subjected to an abusive work environment, (ii) subjecting an employee to an abusive work environment, or (iii) retaliating against an employee because the employee brings or participates in an action, investigation, or proceeding related to the abusive work environment. The measure also prohibits the employer's agent or a coworker from subjecting an employee to an abusive work environment. The bill defines "abusive work environment" as a workplace in which an employee is subjected to abusive conduct severe enough to cause physical or psychological harm. The bill provides that an aggrieved employee may bring a private cause of action. In such a proceeding the court may order injunctive relief, reinstatement, removal of any offending party from the employee's work environment, compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration; compensation for medical costs and emotional duress; punitive damages; and easonable costs and attorney fees. Punitive damages are not allowed if the violation does not include an adverse employment action against the employee or result in lost work time, earnings, or other benefits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102605D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/26/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/30/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2089)
02/10/2015Left in Courts of Justice