Monthly Archives: November 2015

The impact of workplace bullying

The national advocacy and education organization Mental Health America is involved in a long-term project addressing workplace bullying and mental health. Preliminary results from the group’s survey work found that 80 percent of people who feel they are in an “unhelpful or hostile work environment” say they prefer to work alone rather than in teams.

That’s a staggeringly high number. Even half that number is still too much, particularly when you consider the increased importance of teamwork in the modern workplace. Clearly, this is not all the result of in-your-face bullying.

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Teen With Asperger’s Records Bullying With Selfie Stick (UK)

A 14-year-old British boy named Ryan Wiggins is bullied every day at school over his Asperger syndrome. To fight the bullying, he recorded a video entitled “Tomorrow,” using a selfie stick to document his emotional state. The video captures his day, waking up, taking his medication and going to school. ​”Will there ever be a time when I’m finally happy?” he asks.

Wiggins posted the video for anti-bullying week in the U.K.


Woolworths employee jailed over workplace bullying at Moe store (AU)

brodie panlock(NOTE:  This is the first successful prosecution I am aware of under “Brodie’s Law,” the only statute anywhere that criminalizes workplace bullying.  It was passed in the State of Victoria in Australia after a victim of workplace bullying, a young waitress named Brodie Panlock, committed suicide after enduring severe bullying in her workplace.  Prosecutions under “Brodies’s Law” have been extremely rare.  In fact, I have not been able to find an example of one until this story broke.  One of the reasons that there have been so few prosecutions may be related to the amendment to the Fair Work Act that included bullying in its protections effective January 1, 2014.  But the Victoria law remains the only law in the commonwealth countries or U. S. that makes workplace bullying a criminal act.  Note that the defendant was accused of “stalking.”  The reason is that the provisions criminalizing workplace bullying were an amendment to the already existing criminal stalking statutes.  Workplace bullying in Victoria is a form of “stalking.”  — Mike Tully)

A Gippsland man has been jailed for six months over what has been described as an extended and systematic campaign of workplace bullying that made his victims’ lives “a living hell”.

Sean Clare, from Moe, pleaded guilty to the charge of stalking in relation to the bullying of two colleagues at the Woolworths store in Moe between August 2010 and August 2013.

The 46-year-old verbally abused his then-night shift manager Erica Jegers and another employee, Steven Ricketts.

The Latrobe Magistrates’ Court heard Clare often undermined Ms Jegers, refusing to perform simple tasks and spread rumours she was having an affair.

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HR manager told to emulate ‘Pretty Woman’ was fairly dismissed, court rules (AU)

The former HR manager of the Catholic Education Office Diocese (CEOD) of Parramatta has been found to have been justifiably dismissed, after her alleged bullying of employees led to her dismissal.

During her tenure at the CEOD, Karen Wroughton was alleged to have bullied and harassed staff.

Her behaviour was found by her employer to have created fear and intimidation, and ultimately impacted her team, as well as other teams and general workplace productivity.

Following her dismissal, Wroughton took her case to the Federal Court – however, it was dismissed by the judge, who found that she had created “a climate of intimidation and fear” that led to a breakdown in workplace relationships.

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5 days of ‘torture’ leave Manitoba teen struggling to heal after relentless cyberbullying (CA)

A Manitoba teen victim and her mother have come forward to share their story of relentless cyberbullying in hopes it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“No one should ever go through what I did,” the girl, who can’t be identified, said.

In late December of 2013, 14-year-old “Jane” got a Facebook message from a man she didn’t know.

She responded and a conversation began. What seemed like a friendly exchange quickly turned into what would become a five-day attack.

An 18-year-old man, who can only be referred to as Z.M., befriended the girl, flattered her and gained her trust.

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