I’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!
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: Continue reading
Video 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.” Continue reading