FORTUNE Article Asks “Why Are Workplace Anti-Bullying Bills Failing?

Fortune/CNN Money’s article by Jonathon A. Segal, “Hard to Define: Even Harder To Ban,” clearly recognizes the severity and devastating impact of workplace bullying on the American worker and their employers. It’s been over ten years and 25 states since the first version of the Healthy Workplace Bill was introduced and still no takers. Segal sees a message in this #fail. Continue reading

New Workplace Bullying Book Offers Hope!

BACK OFF! is a remarkably useful and engaging survival guide that can help millions of targets, bystanders, and bullies that want to change their vile ways. I was especially impressed with the practical and powerful guidelines for battling against bullies without becoming one yourself. – Robert Sutton, Author of No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss Continue reading

Do laws apply to workplace bullying?

It’s important to dispel myths about workplace bullying.  One of these myths is that you have NO recourse here in the U.S.  The truth is that there are some protections in place that might come into play but they are often hodge podge and extremely difficult to win.  Which brings home the need to ignore the self-interest of well-meaning advocates and instead rely on individualized advice from an actual employment attorney  to see what recourse, if any, applies to your situation.  The EEOC has noted that the majority of cases that fall under harassment protections – or outside as they do in many workplace bullying situations – are often won on retaliation claims.  Here’s a Connecticut case that is making it’s way through the courts and represents a variety of today’s labor issues; forming a union, whistleblowing, retaliation and bullying.  It also shows the difference in how individual states interpret Federal law such as, in this case, free speech.   It’s frightening to think of the number of government regulations meant to protect our lands that are ignored because an employee would be fired for speaking up about their managers actions to their superiors.   That’s the claim in Ozols vs. Town of Madison — read it for yourself below. Continue reading

Is THE OFFICE taking on workplace bullying?

Found this article this morning and thought I’d share it.  The Huffington Post’s reports that the maker of the documentary they’ve all been talking about will finally be revealed.  I have to admit I haven’t watched the show regularly in a long while but I’ll be checking out this one: Continue reading