Posts Tagged ‘emotional distress’
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
It is a rare occurrence that bullies are the ones punished with negative consequences for their actions (targets report 2 to 11% rate, according to different WBI studies). Much more likely, bullied targets are punished with job loss (78% as reported by targets, 61% as the public believes) and transfers.
However, thanks to rising public awareness of workplace bullying, more bullies are being banished from sites where they caused incredible harm.
To those employers: Congratulations.
Just because the major stressor is gone does not mean the emotional distress will clear itself automatically with the passage of time. Recognize that both bullied targets, the direct recipients of the abuse, as well as witnessing coworkers were affected.
Remarkably, some managers now show concern for those still hurting (anxiety, depression, PTSD) after the bully is no longer around. The calls to us compelled us to create a service called — Workplace Bullying Recovery Day. Its goal is to validate affected work team members whose shared experience was painful, whether contact with the source of distress was direct or vicarious. Trust in a safe, secure workplace and loyalty to the employer were shattered. Recovery Day can help restore the sense of safety and trust in the employer.
The incredibly fee for the service is our way of thanking good employers for doing the right thing for workers who survived the bullying experience.
Read the details about the Workplace Bullying Recovery Day.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
If ever there was a mis-named program, it’s “workers compensation.” The intent by its creators was to provide an option for injured workers so they would be dissuaded from filing lawsuits against their employers. A better name would be Negligent Employers Protection.
Bullied targets find it difficult to claim a WC injury that is compensable. In other words, psychiatric injuries are rarely paid. In many states, the Chamber of Commerce is lobbying to eliminate stress as a cause of injuries eligible for compensation.
So, it is disgusting that a Marine veteran turned 11 year college campus cop, John Pike, 40, won a WC award. On a terror-filled Friday Nov. 18, 2011 afternoon on the University of California, Davis campus during a peaceful seated protest then-Lt. John Pike maliciously pepper-sprayed the protestors. Pike was put on 8 months paid leave (with his salary of $121,680) before being terminated in April 2012.
Said one psychiatrist involved in Pike’s WC claim, Pike suffered “continuing and significant internal and external stress with respect to resolving and solving the significant emotional upheavals that have occurred” in his life. Sounds like a victim of violence, right? He was the perpetrator as was so well captured on camera that day (see video below for a reminder of what he did).
For his stress, Pike receives a $38,056 WC award and gets to use his retirement funds so often denied to other public sector workers. The 21 protestors he sprayed with a spray not approved for use on campus and from too close a distance split a $1 million settlement. They received $30,000 each with another 15 receiving $6,666 each.
According to the report in the Davis Enterprise, Bernie Goldsmith, a Davis lawyer supportive of the protesters, said that the settlement “sends a clear message to the next officer nervously facing off with a group of passive, unarmed students: Go on ahead. Brutalize them. Trample their rights. You will be well taken care of.”
Tags: emotional distress, John Pike, pepper spray, UC Davis, workers' compensation
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Sunday, June 12th, 2011
News from East St. Louis federal District Court: A young woman who was subjected to some of the grossest imaginable humiliation and harassment won a $95 million jury victory. $80 million was for punitive damages against the company, Aaron’s (Rents as in rent-to-own), that earned a profit of only $118 million last year. The jury sent the statement that most of that profit should be turned over to one former employee, Ashley Alford.
Tags: Aaron's, Ashley Alford, assault and battery, EEOC, emotional distress, O'Fallon, Richard Moore, sex harassment
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