December 18th, 2009

Podcast 13: So You Wanna Sue …


Podcast 13:

So You Wanna Sue…

New audio tale from a successful plaintiff with painful lessons to share

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  1. Jay Jacobus says:

    There is an order of actions that can be done to resolve individual cases of bullying.

    The first step is rescue. The victim of bullying needs to find a safe situation where they can be free of bullying.

    The second step is healing. The victim of bullying may be psychologically damaged by the bullying situation. It is very hard to move on when a person feels depressed. Depression is not having the blues but is a serious condition that incapacitates a person. Depression is sometimes linked to upbringing and genetics but victims of bullying are quite often struck with this devastating malady. The victim may need therapy, medication and support.

    The third step is rehabilitation. The victim needs to recover from the effects of bullying and move on with their life. Rescue and healing can solve the initial effects of bullying but can still leave the victim without a job or even a support group (who may have abandoned the depressed victim.)

    The fourth step is justice. The victim wants to know that their situation is acknowledged by society as an unacceptable situation. Justice should restore acceptance, safety, respect and opportunity to the victim while preventing future acts of abuse by bullies. Justice may be the end point for many recovering victims.

    A lawsuit would be a form of justice but is not the only means to give the vicitm resolution. Criminal action, public condemnation, demotion, shunning and censorship are 5 other actions which could be taken against a bully to give the vicitm a sense of resolution.

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  5. Anita says:

    I was bullied by my boss, and when I reported his insidious acts to Human Resources, he retaliated and placed me on a performance improvement plan and escalated his bullying towards me. When I complained to Human resources about the irregularity of the plan, and the fact that the bullying acts had only accelerated, I was advised to comply or lose my job. My plan was to last for three months, during which time my boss isolated me, excluded me from team meetings, stripped me of critical roles and took every opportunity he could get to humiliate me and call me names. At some point it was so depressing to go to work. Going to work was just to face more and more humiliation and isolation, and I developed body pains especially lower back and shoulder. The pains would never subside even when I was on the strongest of pain killers. One day I felt I could not bear the thought of going to work. I called in sick and even sought medical attention. Xrays were carried out but the doctors could not find anything wrong and only prescribed pain killers. I decided to take time to clear my mind and assess whether I should quit my job. Surprisingly when I returned to work, my boss demanded that I produce my medical records for the day I was sick. Even though I knew that this was a violation of my privacy I handed him copies. Absurdly he accused me of falsifying the medical records and had disciplinary charges preferred against me. During the hearing he stated that he had gained access to my call records which to him proved that there was no way I could have been sick or sought medical help because according to him I was “roaming the town” based on my call records. Inwardly I was reeling from the fact that he had illegally obtained my call records, invaded my privacy, and had the audacity to discredit my defence and explanation. He demanded that the panel find me guilty. I got a warning letter and from that day he demanded that I no longer attend any divisional meeting. exactly one month later he asked Human resources to have me dismissed for failing to pass the improvement plan. I was dismissed and advised that I could exercise my right to appeal. I appealed against the dismissal. The appeal was never heard, and my dismissal was confirmed a month later.

    On the whole the battle against a work place bully is an ugly one. They are usually in privileged positions of power which they abuse. A law suit against the company is the only option I have now. I am actively pursing that right now.

    • Jane Doe says:

      Anita, good for you! I know it may feel like you are fighting Goliath right now but don’t give up! This kind of behavior is unacceptable and no one should have to endure this. I’m going through a similar situation but I intend to fight with every ounce of me to ensure that justice is served so kudos to you for taking the initiative! God bless and the best of luck to you!

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  9. Linda says:

    I am an RN in school for my BSN, where I work I am the only Nurse. There are 3 separate sections and only 1 section, where the workplace bullies are located, have traumatized me enough that I feel the need I need hospital treatment. I have written to HR regarding every incident and all I hear is we are investigating. The management on site will not get involved and one incident that took place after one of the bullies destroyed the kitchen area that took me 3 days approx 30 hours of my own time and $100 of my own money to clean so the clients with disabilities did not have to eat in an area filled with roaches and mice crap and rotted food kept in the fridge. It took management 6 days to say something and that is after I snapped and nearly put him through the wall. I was told by HR they were doing an investigation. The investigation was only done to see how filthy the place was in case I called the state. Never about what was done to me. I made a point to show the investigator a video of the roaches crawling on the wall in case she missed them. She was stunned I had videos and they are worried what I will do with them, but the attacks are daily now by the group of bullies and I worry about my license. I have workers doing illegal treatments to clients and stress to HR that this is my nursing license, but all I hear is we are doing an investigation. I have unlicensed staff monitoring my skills and reporting their findings to families. I told HR it is illegal for unlicensed staff to assess my skills. I am told that they can if they want. I was told I am not allowed to speak to staff because I may upset them. I was already reported for Political incorrectness and investigated within a week. Recently, one of my clients was in respiratory distress after I treated him, I told the staff to use a wheelchair to bring him to the bathroom because he won’t be able to make it without another attack. I was told by one of the unlicensed staff that I need a doctors order. I looked at the staff who had the client and told them do not move him unless he is in a wheelchair. I paid a severe price for not listening to the staffs’ orders. I was confronted for overdosing a client with steroids and the group of bullies was made aware of my incompetence as a nurse by this unlicensed staff. I asked this person if she even knew anything about the drug and she should at least review the medication before slandering my name because it does not contain a steroid. She began to give me orders on when I will give the medicine and how I will give it. I calmly told her where to go, she let out such a piercing scream that staff came running. I spoke with the assistant director today and he told me she knows the patient better than I do. oh sorry, I am the nurse and following doctors orders but if this unlicensed staff knows better, by all means, let me kill the client. The bullying does not stop here but I am running out of characters. I offered HR today a $5000 donation if we could use a lie detector. I am desperate. Tomorrow I need to seek medical attention, this nurse is now down for the count, I can not go on any longer. I am strong but I have now been beaten. All I do is cry, I can not even do my homework. I left a job after 25 years to be abused mentally to the point of exhaustion. I now understand why some go crazy and open fire in the workplace. They always look like the bad guy – but are they victims of mental abuse and just snap. I know they are, I now feel for these people. It is amazing though how they have not fired me. I feel like they keep me to see how long it takes before I have a breakdown. Their last nurse left after a client was found dead from choking on a bone. They never saw a nurse, she only showed up once a month. I am their first full-time nurse. I told them I will leave when I am ready and not before and I expect a perfect reference. They allow me to be bullied constantly and HR keeps saying the investigation is coming. HELP ME!

    • Another Linda says:

      I can relate to your story. Not that the same thing exactly is happening to me but similar enough. Know that you are not alone and that all you can do is be responsible for your actions. I started documenting emails I received that prove the bullying but now no one will email me. I am ostracized instead. I dread going to work and if not for the patients, do not think I could bare it. Just do your best until you figure out what you are going to do. I need to figure out what to do also. I’m close to retirement so leaving is not a good option unless I want to lose health insurance and a paycheck every week. I am taking my situation one day at a time. Good luck to you.

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