Expert Witness Services
Dr. Gary Namie regularly serves as an expert witness in bullying-related cases. Though there is no legal standard yet in the U.S., he is an expert on the toxic work environment (its origins, impact, solutions) -- as social psychologist, foremost authority on abusive conduct in the workplace and its impact on people and organizations, as a consultant for over 25 years, and former management professor. Most complaints contain a discrimination or emotional distress component.
He has assisted both defense and plaintiff's counsel. He helps defend the ouster of destructive employees by responsible employers and helps the Court understand the injustice of unwarranted, uninvited assaults on innocent employees. He is not a clinical psychologist and does not opine on the specific mental health impact on parties in the case.
The strength of his opinions and testimony is the reliance on the scientific literature supporting those claims.
Proper protocol is to have your attorney directly request Dr. Namie's CV and fee schedule either through the contact form or by calling 360.656.6630. Contingency arrangements are not available.
Expert witness services are offered by Dr. Namie under the auspices of Work Doctor® Inc.
Read about the first ever U.S. "Bullying Trial"
In 2005, Dr. Gary Namie testified as an expert witness in an Indianapolis state court trial. From the stand, he branded the defendant cardiovascular surgeon, Raess, a "workplace abuser." The trial was based on a claim of emotional distress and assault, not bullying, by the plaintiff Joe Doescher. It was dubbed by the press as the nation's first "bullying trial."
The plaintiff Doescher won and the jury awarded $325,000, confirmed by the Indiana State Supreme Court.
Watch the oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court on Oct. 10, 2007 upon which the 2008 decision to restore the jury verdict was made. Featuring discussions of the similarity of workplace bullying to intentional infliction of emotional distress. Dr. Namie was the expert discussed throughout.
The precedent-setting statement from the opinion:
"The phrase 'workplace bullying,' like other general terms used to characterize a person's behavior, is an entirely appropriate consideration ... workplace bullying could be considered a form of intentional infliction of emotional distress."
"For too long, American employment law has ignored base cruelty in the workplace. This welcomed decision by the Indiana Supreme Court sends an encouraging message that workplace bullying should be taken seriously by our legal system," says Suffolk University Law Professor David Yamada.