Category Archives: COURTS & CASES

Fatal heart attack may have resulted from years of workplace bullying: WCB ruling

(Canadian OH&S News) — The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island (WCB) recently awarded benefits to a Hazelbrook, P.E.I. woman, after ruling that her husband’s death by cardiac arrest had been linked to workplace bullying.

Eric Donovan, 47, was a longtime employee of Queens County Residential Services (QCRS) who passed away on Nov. 11, 2013. The WCB awarded benefits to Donovan’s widow, Lisa Donovan, following a three-year legal proceeding. The ruling reportedly occurred last December, but was not publicized by the media until late March.

The award to Lisa Donovan was “based on a finding of fact that there was bullying, that there was resultant stress, that that stress was of a degree in severity that induced a heart attack, and that heart attack was fatal,” said her lawyer, James W. Macnutt, a partner with Charlottetown law firm Macnutt & Dumont.

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Man allegedly bullied for hearing impairment sues for $1.8m

A HEARING impaired Queensland miner is suing Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction PTY LTD for more than $1.8 million after alleged bullying incidents saw him labelled a “little bitch”, “deaf f*ckwit” and “fat bastard” by his superiors.

The 39-year-old trades assistant claims the manager, supervisor and fleet co-ordinator at his mining camp had begun bullying him just one month after he commenced work in mid-2013.

The man asserts the trio would swear at him and allow employees to place derogatory cartoons and images of him in the crib room.

They also allegedly allowed staff to make insulting comments about his hearing disability and the consequent “mumbling nature” of his language.

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Family of 13-year-old boy who hanged himself sues his private Brooklyn Catholic school for ignoring ‘months of relentless bullying from classmates and teachers’

The family of a 13-year-old boy who took his own life after months of bullying is now suing the Brooklyn Catholic school they said did nothing to save him.
Daniel Fitzpatrick committed suicide at his Staten Island home on August 11, 2016, after writing a heartbreaking letter, suggesting he was relentlessly tormented by his classmates and teachers.

His family have been outspoken about their pain since losing their son, and on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Holy Angels Catholic Academy.

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Former Galena football players sue head coach, principal, school district in bullying case

(Editor’s Note:  Whether activity constitutes bullying or not often depends on the circumstances.  The context should always be taken into account.   While the coach’s words and actions might not be appropriate in a more formal, professional setting, they don’t seem out of line within the context of a high school football program.  I would not be surprised to see this case dismissed on motion without getting near a jury.  — Mike Tully)

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Three former Galena High School football players on Wednesday, Jan. 4, sued Galena football coach Steve Struzyk, Principal Tom Brown, and the Washoe County School District in federal court, according to a release from their attorney, Terri Keyser-Cooper.

According to Cooper, Mateo Lemus, Bryan Madison, and Jake Berger allege their First Amendments were violated by Struzyk, their football coach, because he retaliated against them when they “respectfully and appropriately opposed his bullying, taunting, derogatory and demeaning treatment” during the 2016 football season.

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