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October 20-26, 2014 declared “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week” 

WHEREAS, the Village of Van Etten has interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its employees and citizens; and 

WHEREAS, that well-being depends upon the existence of healthy and productive employees working in safe and abuse-free environments; and 

WHEREAS, surveys and studies have documented the stress-related health consequences for individuals caused by exposure to abusive work environments; and 

WHEREAS, abusive work environments can create costly consequences for employees, including reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover, employee health-related expenses, and if left unchecked, costly litigation; and 

WHEREAS, protection from abusive work environments should apply to every worker, and not limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability; 

NOW, THEREFORE, on this 15th day of September, 2014, the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Van Etten hereby proclaim October 20-26 “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.”

Residents who have experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or discrimination are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644  from 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday.  If you want to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.