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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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The Hook: Bully buster? VQR spurs UVA launch of ‘respectful workplace’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, reports on the launch of the University of Virginia’s respectful workplace policy and program. Here are my thoughts.

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The Hook: Final days – Emails show VQR’s ‘awkward workplace scenario’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, uncovered the e-mail exchanges between Kevin and University HR rep. Angelee Godbold who was somewhat sympathetic to Morrisseey who had been banned from his office for no ojective reason by his editor boss, Ted Genoways. Godbold characterized Morrissey’s situation as an “awkward workplace scenario,” but advised him to follow orders lest he be called “insubordinate.” Frustrated by the administration’s failure to reign in Genoways, Morrissey went over Godbold to more senior officials and the gentle man apologized to Godbold for doing so! Godbold agreed that HR had no power over Genoways, a manager, because he reported directly to the then campus President Casteen. And the president’s office had done nothing to protect Morrissey. The last disparaging e-mail from Genoways to Morrissey was on July 30 at 9:47 am. Kevin committed suicide shortly after that. – GN

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Sister of deceased journal editor to speak on workplace bullying

Friday, April 29th, 2011

By Daniel de Vise, The Washington Post, , April 29, 2011

Maria Morrissey, sister of deceased literary journal editor Kevin Morrissey, will speak next week at a news conference in support of New York legislation on workplace bullying.

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UVa Report after Morrissey suicide – No negatives for boss Genoways

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Kevin Morrissey’s July 30 suicide near the campus of the University of Virginia where he worked set off a national uproar. His surviving sister, Maria, who had contacted WBI, called the boss Ted Genoways a bully who had tormented her brother for 3 years. Here at WBI, we didn’t care about branding Genoways and never did. Instead, we believed the employer was negligent in light of their failure to respond to numerous informal complaints Morrissey and others had made to various institutional offices including the President’s office and HR. Apologists rushed to Genoways defense. The internal audit (investigation?) report was filed on Oct. 20. Let’s take a look inside and decipher hidden  meanings.

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Suicides indicate society’s emotional meltdown

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Japan has always had one of the highest suicide rates in the world — 12 straight years with over 30,000 suicides per year. The role of personal shame in the culture can partly explain the choice made by so many. However, the recent economic recession is driving up the number of suicides. In the Sept. 7 BBC report was a remarkable quote from Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister, that “decreasing suicides would be one way to build a society with a minimum level of unhappiness.” The PM believes that suicide proves that too many people are suffering economically and emotionally. A study found that the economy suffers a $32 billion loss from suicides.
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Journalism ethics professor trivializes Univ of Virginia story

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Ed Wasserman was a reporter and is now a professor of journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University. He opined in his Aug. 29 newspaper column on the media about the Kevin Morrissey suicide story at the University of Virginia that would not have been a story without the “tilt of coverage toward this hot new social malady” (thanks for the back-handed compliment about awareness about workplace bullying).

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Morrissey suicide story on Today Show

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

On Monday Aug. 23, the NBC-TV Today Show aired an interview with Maria Morrissey, sister of Kevin Morrissey who committed suicide on July 30 in Charlottesville, VA in connection with his job at the Virginia Quarterly Review on the campus of the University of Virginia. Also interviewed was Morrissey’s co-worker, Waldo Jaquith. For the most details about the story, read The Hook article.

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More on Morrissey, UVa employee suicide

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Virginia Public Radio reporter Sandy Hausman interviewed Maria Morrissey, sister of suicide victim Kevin Morrissey, Dr. Gary Namie – WBI Director, and Ted Genoways attorney Snook for Aug. 23, 2010 report.

Listen to the audio report.

Read this Aug. 23 article: “The Rise and Fall of Ted Genoways” by the editor of ZYZZYVASPEAKS, a journal of West Coast writers & authors

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Kevin Morrissey suicide update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The most detailed account of events at the University of Virginia that led up to Kevin Morrissey’s suicide can be found in the Charlottesville newspaper, The Hook:

Tale of Woe: The death of Kevin Morrissey by Dave McNair, August 18, 2010

Take time to read the several comments, including mine.

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