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)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bullied employee gets damages for psychiatric illness
In this case of alleged workplace bullying, the employer’s failure to initiate an investigation on more than one occasion left an ex-employee with a debilitating psychiatric illness."
Does that sound familiar?
This report describes what happened to an employe of "a Queensland university" when her bullying complaint was not investigated. She engaged lawyers and
"At the initial trial hearing the employee was unsuccessful, however on appeal the Court awarded her $364,008.64 in damages (plus costs)."
The report continues, stating that
"properly assessing an allegation of workplace bullying is a crucial first step."
Not rocket science!