Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What is the matter with Optus?

Optus must be feeling very disappointed - they only have one person who has reportedly been bullied.

The Optus ex-employee states that she has been subjected to ''bullying, suppression and victimisation'' within the company which she said prevented her from doing her job.

Compare that to the University of Newcastle - we have over 190 students and staff who have reported being bullied.

She is asking for $14.5 million in damages, loss of future earnings and damage to her reputation.

"Just" one million dollars to each person who has reported being bullied at the University of Newcastle would put the uni into the red by $190,000,000.


  1. Wow, Optus sounds like the opposite of hell on the bullying front! I want to get a job with them. I would deserve $14.5 billion and this is no kidding!

  2. Shes the only one willing to sue over it I guess! It similar to the saying "see one cockroach, there are 100's more close by you cant see" not that she's a cockroach...you get the picture!

    1. ah I think you'll find Optus is riddled with bullying claims that they hush up. I myself was the victim of such a situation, and I believe wholeheartedly every word that this woman is claiming because in my many years there I saw what she is claiming in action, with a HR dept who protects the bully and not the bullied.