Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

$25 million verdict against employer for workplace bullying

A jury in the United States has awarded $25 million in damages to a steel plant worker - the worker had been "made the brunt of abuse and bullying mostly centered on his African-American race".
"It’s one of the largest jury awards in a single-plaintiff employment case in American history." (according to a newspaper report).
The company said that it felt "caught in the middle" and that bullying/abuse was "nothing more than “trash talk” that is common in blue-collar manufacturing facilities".
What excuse is the University of Newcastle giving for the bullying that occurs so widely and so frequently throughout the organisation??

1 comment:

  1. The UoN victims of bullying suffered much more by the sound of it. We each deserve 30 million US dollars!