Posts Tagged ‘Australia’


Let’s Talk with Kalola: Australian Attorney

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Dear Kalola,

I am a partner in a major law firm. At the time I was bullied I was one of two female partners in the regional office in which I worked. For three years before that I had been the only female partner. In total, there were about 17 partners in the regional office, and 150 staff.

The bully was another partner, who was also the manager of the regional office.

The campaign escalated over a period of about three years, but this is a summary of the types of things which happened:

  • at the weekly partners meetings, during which each partner was asked to detail what they had been doing, he would either pass over me, or if I did speak, look down while I spoke, and either harrumph when I had finished and change the subject, or make a belittling comment
  • If there was good client feedback about a partner, the usual position was that it would be mentioned at those meetings or more broadly. If I got good client feedback (which was not uncommon), nothing was said
  • there was one important client of the firm which had a manager who, for reasons he would not articulate, would not give me any work (so there was no negative feedback, even though it was sought; he would just not give me any work). The fact that I did not get work from this client was mentioned at least once in every two weeks in a public forum
  • when I won large retainers from clients (not infrequent), this manager would tell me the work should be done by another partner
  • (more…)
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Bosses Are Bullied, A "Surprise" Finding

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The surprise was that 25% of the 162 managers interviewed claimed they were bullied by subordinates. Aussie psychologist Sara Branch (Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University) who has been researching “upwards bullying” for years presented a paper at a recent Sydney industrial organizational psychology conference. (more…)

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