Monday, February 01, 2016
The Next Bad Republican Law To Be Overturned in Court?
The law originally got going because the chicken and turkey processing industry got a big black eye from hidden videos of the horrendous treatment of animals in those factories. So industry lobbyists induced the Republican leaders of the General Assembly to write a law making disclosures of horror both illegal and "actionable" for the company (that is, Mr. Chicken Plucking Industry can sue your ass for damages if you reveal bad practices in his factory farm).
The General Assembly made it even worse by making the "gag" law apply to every business, including nursing homes, day care centers, half-way houses ... you name it!
According to the New York Times, no workplace gag law in the nation goes as far as North Carolina's, but then that's what we've been specializing in since 2011 in this state -- political extremism in the service of the rich and powerful.
Posted by J.W. Williamson at 2/01/2016 11:01:00 AM
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Which of course puts this law firmly antithetical to existing State and Federal law REQUIRING anyone with knowledge of elder abuse to report it. The conclusion one draws is inevitable.
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