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Finding new voices and new ideas

bp-with-camera.jpgI’m a documentary filmmaker/journalist and since 2007 I’ve been traveling around the country interviewing experts, researchers, legislators, advocates, victims/targets, alleged bullies, business & HR reps, journalists and many others about workplace bullying. I’ve also had the honor of screening my work and taking part in panels that highlight the need to prevent workplace bullying. Recently I helped found the National Workplace Bullying Coalition which is kicking off a national dialog with it’s “Workplace Bullying: Seeking Solutions” convention in New Jersey April 4, 2014 at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Here on this blog you can scroll down for articles that highlight alternative approaches to legislation, coping, and solutions. Click here for my latest interactive documentary, and check the menu above for links to resources. Feel free to share your story!

Government Shutdown Will Halt EEOC Discrimination Investigations…

The shutdown is looming and hanging over us with a deadline that’s just a few hours away — this HUFFINGTON POST article has important information for those of you filing discrimination claims with the EEOC. The impact on OSHA puts workplace safety in jeopardy. (more…)

Justice Ginsburg Stands Up For Abused Employees

English: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justic...

It’s hard for targets of workplace bullying to prove their hostile work environment is a clear case of discrimination — bullying by definition falls outside of the protections of Title VII — but some plaintiffs still managed to win by proving they were fired or demoted in retaliation for filing a claim. Today’s Supreme Court decision just made that harder and a second “get out of jail free” card was awarded to businesses when SCOTUS narrowed the definition of whether that jerk harassing you is “technically” your supervisor. In what the Huffington Post called a “rare move,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the court: “Both decisions dilute the strength of Title VII in ways Congress could not have intended,” said Ginsburg, who then called on Congress to change the law to overturn the court.” In Vance v Ball Ginsburg wrote: (more…)

Mike Rice and Prevention Policies #FAIL

Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 8.13.04 AMVideo of Mike Rice screaming at, pushing, and throwing basketballs at student players has gone viral. How did the video become public? NBC reports: “Because whatever spat that Rice got into with former staff member Eric Murdock couldn’t be resolved cordially. Murdock did not have his contract renewed by the university, so he blew the whistle. He went to Rice’s boss and tried to get him fired. When that didn’t work, he went to Outside The Lines and made sure that the world saw the video, because if the world didn’t see the video, Rutgers was going to do nothing more than smack Rice on the wrist and sweep this under the rug.” (more…)

Chipping Away At Unions: “the Employers’ Bill of Rights”

Earlier this week Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick introduced Bill 5236, AN ACT CREATING AN EMPLOYERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS. It consists of 3 very cryptic – yet easily decoded – sentences.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to require the Labor Department to develop and promulgate an Employers’ Bill of Rights.

Statement of Purpose:

To create an Employers’ Bill of Rights that would serve to protect employers from frivolous complaints and claims brought by employees.

What is an Employers’ Bill of Rights?

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.11.44 PMLast Fall Fox Business featured a story about a union rally that wanted a second bill of rights to protect workers. One of their reporters, Kennedy, was filmed undercover petitioning for an Employers Bill of Rights. “The right to hire and fire. The right to relocate my business from anywhere to anywhere The right to determine wage levels…” (more…)

Revealing The Secrets Of Mental Illness At Work

…more than one in four American adults has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and one in seventeen has a serious disorder such as schizophrenia orbipolar disorder, but chances are co-workers or managers don’t know who they are… [Psychology Today]

Skyworks Charitable Foundation uses documentary film to bring this issue forward in their social change intiative, Working Life. The online web videos provide heartwarming and insightful portraits of “four adults who grew up in families struggling with mental health difficulties. They reflect on some of the challenges facing their parents, both as parents and as breadwinners, and how their experiences shaped their own goals and expectations.” (more…)

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