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Puerto Rico Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Workplace Harassment or Bullying

Without much media attention, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla has vetoed legislation prohibiting conduct considered workplace harassment or “workplace bullying.”

Governor García Padilla did not explain his veto of Senate Bill 501, “Law to Prohibit and Prevent Workplace Harassment in Puerto Rico,” on June 13, 2014. Rather, he cited opinions issued by the Puerto Rico Departments of Justice and Labor and Human Resources withholding endorsement of the legislation. The Department of Justice noted the bill’s definition of “workplace harassment” was “vague” and its delegation of rulemaking authority to various agencies, the DOJ warned, would lead to inconsistencies. The Department of Labor observed the bill excluded private sector employees from reinstatement and back pay remedies, the Governor said. 

The Governor pointed out that, employees who are victims of workplace harassment can still seek the protections guaranteed by the Puerto Rico Constitution, collective bargaining agreements, and remedies in tort provided by the Puerto Rico Civil Code. Supporters of a workplace harassment law in Puerto Rico are not abandoning their efforts and legislation on this issue likely will be reintroduced.

For additional information on SB 501, please see our article, Puerto Rico Legislature Approves Bill Prohibiting ‘Workplace Bullying’ or ‘Workplace Harassment’.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume IV, Number 169
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Maralyssa Álvarez-Sánchez, Jackson lewis, labor employment attorney, reasonable accommodation lawyer
Of Counsel

Maralyssa Álvarez-Sánchez is an Of Counsel in the San Juan, Puerto Rico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She counsels employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws in executing personnel decisions and defends employers in all stages of litigation in discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, reasonable accommodation, unjust dismissal and leave-related claims in federal and state judicial and administrative forums.

Ms. Álvarez-Sánchez has successfully defended claims against employers before the Puerto...

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