Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Wheaton, Illinois city officials, embarrassed by the recent disclosure of a culture of bullying and harassment that some say has lurked in a specific city department for years, say the city and department have rebounded in the months since the incidents were reported to council members.
A recent investigative report by the Chicago Tribune uncovered a city employee who is believed to have endured years of “crude pranks, improper touching and taunts about sensitive personal issues” and the discipline meted out against the two co-workers responsible and their supervisors.
Mayor Michael Gresk said Monday that, back in February, one of the “primary tormentors” was suspended without pay for one week while another was moved to a different division. Supervisors, he said, were also disciplined “for letting it go on,” but he did not disclose their punishment.
“This is a situation that we address in regular training so if this behavior was going on, it was under the radar. Once senior management became aware of it they jumped on it and launched an investigation,” Gresk said, noting the discipline was handed down in February and the council made aware of the situation in April. “We are not taking this lightly as a city. Once we were made aware, there was a police investigation and hours and hours of meetings with human resources officials with all of the parties involved.
Tags: abuse, coworkers, Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, Illinois, John Rutledge, Michael Gresk, Todd Scalzo, Wheaton, workplace bullying, workplace violence
Posted in Employers Gone Wild: Doing Bad Things, Media About Bullying, Print: News, Blogs, Magazines | 2 Archived Comments | Post A Comment (
Monday, April 18th, 2011
In Illinois in 2010 and again in 2011, two zealots representing the religious right threatened state lawmakers if they did not include special language in our anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill to protect the “oppressed” people who dared to express their religious preferences. This was complete hogwash because religion is protected speech under all federal and state civil rights laws.
Tags: anti-bullying, anti-gay, Illinois, People for the American Way, Ralph Rivera
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), Tutorials About Bullying | 9 Archived Comments | Post A Comment (
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Oct. 9, 2009 workshop on Workplace Bullying — Illinois State NAACP Conference, Kankakee, IL
Dr. Gary Namie and Carrie Clark (WBI-LC State Coordinator) Thank you, NAACP!