Broward County Crime Commission Addresses Workplace Bullying

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Broward County Crime Commission’s all-day conference, Adult & Workplace Bullying, on July 24th I’m proud to be representing the National Workplace Bullying Coalition as one of the panelists at this conference next month. I’ll also be screening one of my early films on the topic, “Jodie’s Law: no job Is worth losing the precious gift of life.” Jodie’s Mom and Aunt Joie will be there to speak about “The Human Cost of Adult Bullying.”  The roster of speakers and scope of the agenda is truly impressive so if you’re in the area you should definitely check out the… Read More

Workplace Bullying: WE DON’T DO THAT HERE

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Lessons learned at the 2nd Annual Consortium on Abrasive Conduct in Higher Education [CACHE] My first documentary, Sandra’s Web, the intimate video letter from a homeless mother with AIDS left as a legacy for her daughter, premiered on HBO. A few days after the broadcast the legendary George Stoney, my beloved mentor, looked at me and essentially said, That’s nice. Now the real work begins.  It was a life changing lesson he passed on to so many of us who produce social justice documentaries. So, while I was delighted to win an Honorary Webby this year… Read More

CIA Cracks Down On Bullying & Harassment

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An internal CIA document obtained by the Associated Press shows that the agency is disciplining abusive managers:  “…These days, the CIA says it has a zero tolerance policy toward workplace harassment. And an agency document obtained by The Associated Press said 15 CIA employees were disciplined for committing sexual, racial or other types of harassment last year. That included a supervisor who was removed from the job after engaging in “bullying, hostile behavior,” and an operative who was sent home from an overseas post for inappropriately touching female colleagues, said the document, an… Read More

New Hampshire Legislature Passes Workplace Bullying Law

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Back in February we highlighted union backed legislation that was pushing through New Hampshire. On June 4 it officially passed through the House and Senate. Similar to the bill that whizzed through Tennessee, HB 0591  is limited to Public Employees and emphasizes the need to implement policies and training. We would all love to see stand alone legislation with all the protections employees deserve but this growing trend that focuses on finding ways to pass legislation has infused energy and movement into a previously stalled campaign. And, more importantly, workers are beginning to have… Read More

Tennessee Enacts Law to Prevent Workplace Bullying – But…

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Tennessee becomes the first state to pass the Healthy Workplace Act. It’s a bittersweet victory. Policies alone are not as effective in preventing abusive conduct as those that carry threat of litigation.

Isn’t management supposed to fire abrasive managers?

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[*Note: Sulzberger's statement pointing to Abramson's management style as the reason he fired her was released after this article was published - link here to read it. ] Last night I caught up with Charlie Rose’s coverage of the ouster of Jill Abramson as Executive Editor of the New York Times. Rose played a clip from his earlier interview with Abramson when she was first promoted in which she told him that she was made aware that she needed to bring “good Jill” to her new role. In 2011 – three years ago - Poynter quotes a New Yorker… Read More

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