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Monday, October 28th, 2013
by The Associated Press
October 27, 2013 9:02 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who’s always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown?
Bullies aren’t just for middle schoolers. These days, they’re everywhere.
In Texas last week, the football coach at Aledo High School was accused of bullying after his team won 91-0. With no mercy rule in place to stem lopsided victories, the coach even tried to minimize the blowout by benching his starters and letting the clock run uninterrupted after halftime.
A parent from the losing team accused the coach of “bullying” — an accusation that requires the school district to investigate under state law.
And while many found the accusation baseless, it’s the kind of complaint that seems to have become more common thanks to national campaigns to draw attention to the real problem of bullying. There are people who use the term bullying “to get what they want. They use it as professional victims to gain power and control,” says Ben Leichtling, founder of BulliesBeGone.
Overuse of the term may be an unintended consequence of the many cases involving teen suicides that have made headlines in the last few years. More attention to the phenomenon may help real victims, but there’s also a risk that “words like bully and victim have just become meaningless labels for people who are seriously mistreated in school environments and in the workplace,” said Malcolm Smith, a professor in the University of New Hampshire’s education department who founded an anti-bullying program called “The Courage to Care.”
Smith says what constitutes real bullying is measurable: Is the behavior so damaging that it interferes with the target’s ability to go to school or do their job or otherwise conduct themselves safely? And secondly, does the behavior involve an imbalance of power?
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
The original March 1 article written by Sam Hananel of Associated Press was carried by the following news outlets:
Note: Broken links are the result of original sources dropping the content. You can always read the full content at this WBI blog.
ABC News | CBS News | Fox News-The Five | Fox-4-TV Dallas-Fort Worth | WLUK-TV-11 Green Bay | WWLP-TV, Springfield, MA | WKRG-TV-5 Mobile AL | KOMO News Seattle | KSDK St. Louis | KWTX Waco, Temple, Kileen (TX)
The Washington Post | USA Today | MSN | Yahoo News | Yahoo Finance | The Christian Science Monitor | Boston Herald | Seattle Post Intelligencer | San Antonio Express News | San Diego Union-Times | Las Vegas Sun | The Oklahoman | The Olympian (WA) | Free Press Burlington, VT | The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Mattoon, IL | Modesto Bee (CA) | Times Union Albany NY | Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN | Long Island Business News | The News Journal, Delaware | Times-News Erie, PA | The Spectrum, Southern, Utah | Associations Now | Arizona Republic | The Tennessean | Oswego County, NY Palladium-Times | Toledo Blade | CNY Central | Madison.com | North Jersey Record | Mondaq.com (HR, Canada) | The Columbus Dispatch (OH) | The Detroit News | Logan Banner (WV) | St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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Friday, March 1st, 2013
Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying
by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, March 1, 2013
Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.
“One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling, ‘Why did you do that?’” said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.
Fiester doesn’t have to worry about those tirades anymore, but she hears lots of similar stories in her current role as operations manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she often fields questions about the growing issue of workplace bullying.
On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.
“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”
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