Ag-Gag Bill Vetoed!
Breaking news: We recently posted this article about the ‘ag-gag’ bill being considered in North Carolina that would allow employers to sue employees for informing authorities about inappropriate and illegal practices in North Carolina, particularly within the agriculture industries where a lack of ethical guidelines runs rampant. The bill operated under the guise that it:
Intended to address a valid concern of our state’s businesses – how to discourage those bad actors who seek employment with the intent to engage in corporate espionage or act as an undercover investigator. This practice is unethical and unfair to employers, and is a particular problem for our agricultural industry.
Honest people are being punished for their integrity and special interests are dictating the formation of laws reminiscient of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Luckily, Governor Pat McCrory, despite noting that:
While I support the purpose of this bill, I believe it does not adequately protect or give clear guidance to honest employees who uncover criminal activity. I am concerned that subjecting these employees to potential civil penalties will create an environment that discourages them from reporting illegal activities.
Vetoed the bill, the “Property Protection Act.” This probably isn’t the last we’ll hear of it, as legislators will surely re-work and re-submit it.
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Original article & image source: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article22605054.html