Posts Tagged ‘lawsuit’

Concord Monitor: Former DHHS employees file suit alleging workplace bullying

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

By Tricia L. Nadolny

Two former state employees have claimed in a lawsuit they were bullied by a supervisor after reporting that she regularly took paid two-hour lunch breaks. Sandra Miner of Pittsfield and Carla Haase of Concord say they complained about the abuse to officials at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, but nothing was done.

The harassment – which they describe as being carried out by their supervisor Lisa Derepentigny as well as a “clique” in the office – was so intense that both women suffered severe emotional distress and took early retirement, they claim in a lawsuit filed at Merrimack County Superior Court.

A department spokeswoman and Derepentigny both declined to comment. The lawyer handling the suit at the attorney general’s office did not return a message left yesterday.

The women, until they left their positions in summer 2012, were employed by the Division of Child Support Services, where they worked under Derepentigny. That supervisor, as well as her “clique of favored employees,” regularly took lunch breaks that were three to four times what was allowed, according to the suit.



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WBI Study: Attempts to stop bullying at work by targeted workers are ineffective

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Effectiveness of Bullied Targets’ Strategies to Stop Workplace Bullying
2012 Workplace Bullying Institute Survey

There are many so-called “experts” in workplace bullying offering advice for bullied targets. Strategies common to their lists are: (1) confront your bully, (2) tell the bully’s boss, and (3) report problems to HR. Some weirdos even suggest that targets have a “personal responsibility” to confront their bullies, that they “owe” it to themselves.

At WBI, we have never advised such actions. Those steps cause greater harm because of the certain retaliation. So, we submitted those suggestions to empirical study. In early 2012, we asked 1,598 individuals personally familiar with workplace bullying what strategies they adopted to get their bullying to stop and if those actions were effective. Here are the results of that survey.



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Manager fired for doing the right thing

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We at WBI often complain that management is lax regarding mistreatment of workers. Our 2007 national study showed that bosses are perpetrators in 72% of cases. Bosses too rarely try to prevent or rectify bullying and harassment. But this story is among the more preposterous ones we have heard.

The hero is Luis Collazo a former supervisor at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Puerto Rico. A woman scientist in his unit, Diana Hiraldo, complained to him on Feb. 10, 2003 that a co-worker was sexually harassing her on the job. Instead of ignoring the complaint or tipping off the alleged harasser thus triggering an escalation, he arranged and attended a Feb. 20 meeting between Hiraldo and an HR specialist Edgardo Garcia. Garcia explained to her the grievance process. Collazo did the right thing. Agree?


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Podcast 13: So You Wanna Sue …

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Podcast 13:

So You Wanna Sue…

New audio tale from a successful plaintiff with painful lessons to share

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U.S. Case — $11.65 Million Jury Award

Friday, May 15th, 2009

U.S. Emotional Distress Case Draws Record $11.65 Million Jury Award
Associated FMLA Violation by Employer

by Dee McAree
The National Law Journal

A case in which an employee charged that he was retaliated against for taking time off under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for his aging parents has triggered an $11.65 million award.

The recent Chicago verdict — one of the largest won under FMLA — is just one of many that employment lawyers say they expect to see as baby boomers are faced with the predicament of caring for aging parents. In 1998, Chris Schultz, a 25-year veteran employee of Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., was the esteemed “MVP Employee” with his picture hanging in the hospital lobby.

But two years later, he was out of a job. Lawyers for the 45-year-old Schultz sued the hospital in Schultz v. Advocate Health, No. 01C-0702 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2002), claiming that he was unfairly penalized for taking time off to care for his aging parents.

Schultz, who worked in maintenance, was entitled to take 12 weeks intermittently over the course of a year after his request for family medical leave was granted in 2000. (more…)


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