Bullying Laws in Hawaii

The Anti Bullying Laws in Hawaii use the term “bullying” all throughout to pertain any bullying acts and actions. Harassment is a totally different term for a separate bill that the state has. In their anti-bullying law, cyber-bullying is included. The groups below are found listed on the state’s law on anti-bullying:

  • Color
  • Gender Identity or Expression
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Sex

Bullying Laws in HawaiiKey Points of the Anti Bullying Laws in Hawaii

“Bullying” – any written, verbal, graphic, physical act that

  • Student or group of students show towards other students
  • Cause mental or physical harm to other students
  • Sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive to intimidate, threaten, or cause abusive educational environment to a student
  • “Cyber-bullying” – act/s of a student or group of students to another student that include:
    • Electronic transmission using internet, cellphone, personal digital assistant (PDA) or wireless handheld device
    • Cause mental or physical harm to the recipient of electronic transmission
    • Sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive to intimidate, threaten, or cause abusive educational environment to a student
    • Duties of Board of Education
      • Monitor compliance to administrative rules regarding bullying and cyber-bullying
      • Establish reporting requirements

Bullying Laws in Hawaii – Model Policy:

Hawaii’s model policy indicates, among others, important features to address bullying:

Strategies used to avoid inappropriate communication

  • Harassment
  • Name-calling
  • Put downs
  • Strategies used to avoid, reduce, and report and threatening situation

Healthy Workplace Bill in Hawaii

Hawaii was the 3rd state to have passed Healthy Workplace Bill. SB 2487 was introduced to encourage employees to sue his or her employer as a result of being subject to health-harming abusive conduct. Aside from that, the purpose of the bill is to protect the employees from any abusive working environment while providing remedies for the victims of abusive conducts.

The bill gave “workplace bullying” relevant meanings as:

  • Repeated intimidation
  • Slandering
  • Social isolation
  • Humiliation

Definition of other terms:

  • Abusive work environment
  • Abusive conduct
  • Conduct
  • Constructive Discharge
  • Department
  • Economic Harm
  • Employee
  • Employer
  • Malice
  • Negative employment decision
  • Physical harm
  • Psychological harm

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