Washintgon State Senator Pam Roach has been banned from the Senate Republican Caucus for repeatedly abusing staff and for creating a hostile work environment, and Senate Republican leaders have encouraged her to get anger management counseling.
A letter sent to Roach by her colleagues stated that “it would be best to physically separate you [Roach] from the caucus staff and from other Republican Senators while we are working on the floor.”
This is not the first time that Pam Roach has been reprimanded for abusing Senate employees. Since being elected to the Washington State Senate in 1990, Roach’s workplace bullying has been covered by the media numerous times.
The letter mentioned the workplace policy forbidding behavior or comments “which are demeaning and/or derogatory toward people” if it interferes with their work or creates an “intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.”
According to the senators’ letter, Roach’s toxic conduct has violated this policy on five occasions, in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, and 2010. Her colleagues also accuse Roach of demonstrating “an ongoing pattern of treating your co-workers and employees with hostility and anger. As your fellow Senators, it is difficult to be in a room with you when you erupt in anger. For our employees it is unacceptable.”