Sean P. Beiter, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, was interviewed by the Daily Record for an article on the cyberbullying law recently enacted in Erie County. The law makes the use of an electronic device for harassing or bullying a minor or student an unclassified misdemeanor in Erie County, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in prison.
The article notes:
Individuals, parents, teachers and school administrators will have to notify the police when they see or experience an instance of cyberbullying to make the law effective in Erie County, said Sean P. Beiter of Goldberg Segalla LLP in Buffalo.
In addition, Beiter said employers should review their computer use policy to determine if the policy addresses cyberbullying and determine what action it will take if its electronic devices have been used for such purposes.
For more information on the cyberbullying law, see Goldberg Segalla’s March 12 alert: “Erie County Executive Signs Local Law Making Cyber-Bullying Illegal.”