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Morrissey Family sues University of Virginia for 2010 Suicide

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Douglas Morrissey, Administrator to the estate of Kevin Morrissey (his brother) has filed a legal complaint in Henrico County Court against the University of Virginia, Ted Genoways (Kevin’s boss), John Casteen III (the then UVa President), and UVa HR employees (Angelee Godbold & Alan S. Cohn). The suit claims that defendants drove Kevin Morrissey to commit suicide on July 30, 2010.

The charges listed in the July 25 filing are intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence and gross negligence. The plaintiff seeks $10 million in damages and $350,000 for punitive damages.

The background for this lawsuit is best reported by Dave McNair writing for The Hook in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia.

VQR managing editor takes his own life

Tale of Woe: The death of the VQR’s Kevin Morrissey

VQR: Genoways in charge, staffers pull names, winter issue canceled
Genoways stays: UVA’s VQR investigation a whitewash?
VQR rising? Lit mag hires new publisher, deputy editor
Bully buster: VQR spurs launch of ‘Respectful Workplace’
Closing Chapter: VQR editor resigns, Waldo celebrates

Tale of Woe II: Deceased VQR editor’s family files $10 million lawsuit


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University suicide points to nonreponsive employer

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Ted Genoways, VQR editor accused of bullying by suicide victim

At universities, people tend to think of teaching and research faculty and staff as the only employees. At the University of Virginia, the president supports a literary journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review, prestigious to poets and fiction writers. Kevin Morrissey, 52, the VQR managing editor had been hired by a young Ted Genoways, 38, new himself to the editor post in 2003.

On July 30, Kevin Morrissey committed suicide after a reported three years of torment by Genoways despite the two having a genuine friendship at the start of their work together.

There was a record of several calls by Morrissey to university institutional helpers (HR, ombuds, EAP, president’s office). Either his call for help was not answered or treated with indifference. Those familiar with Morrissey’s complaints said that the rationalization for Genoways was that creative people like him could be difficult to work with and were often bad managers! In other words, live with him, adjust to him, Genoways is indispensable. Note the abdication of responsibility by this employer for the safe working conditions of its employees.



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