An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA c. 7, sub-c. 12 is enacted to read:
PROTECTION FROM ABUSIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS
§ 879. Definitions
As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 880. Unlawful employment practices
§ 880-A. Employer liability and defense
§ 880-B. Employee liability and defense
§ 880-C. Affirmative defenses
§ 880-D. Relief
§ 880-E. Procedures
§ 880-F. Effect on other legal relationships
This bill provides legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by exposure to abusive work environments. Employees and employers who subject an employee to an abusive work environment are liable, and employers are vicariously liable for the abusive workplace conduct of their employees, in a private civil action brought by the affected employee. The legal remedies made available by this bill do not limit any other legal rights of an individual, except that workers' compensation benefits received under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A for the same injury or illness must be reimbursed from compensation that is earned through the legal remedies made available by this bill.