Bill to Immunize Reckless Workplace Misconduct Defeated
The Wyoming Senate recently defeated a bill that proposed to immunize workers who acted with willful and wanton misconduct in injuring or killing their co-workers on the job. Under the proposed legislation, co-employees or supervisors would only be held accountable if they actually intended to cause a specific injury, while reckless disregard for a fellow worker’s safety would have been immunized. The Wyoming AFL-CIO and Wyoming Trial Lawyer’s Association, working with Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming and other workers’ rights groups, fought against the anti-worker/anti-workplace safety bill.
L.A.W. director Mark Aronowitz commented: ”This bill’s defeat is a victory for the people of Wyoming. The Wyoming Senate sent a strong message that industry should not ask for, nor should the legislature grant, immunity for willful and wanton misconduct in reckless disregard for worker safety in Wyoming.” This was an important victory for Wyoming workers and those seeking to promote workplace safety and accountability. Read more about Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, here