Posts Tagged ‘Marlene Braun’

Hermes: Workplace bullying — Isolating, devastating

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Katherine Hermes, Guest Op-Ed, Connecticut Mirror, March 19, 2014

If you knew that 900,000 Connecticut residents experienced a particular problem at work, wouldn’t you want to fix that problem? That’s how many workers in our state have experienced abusive conduct on the job.

There are problems great and small, global and local. But when you are the target of a bully, the problems are so personal and isolating that a wider world ceases to exist. My friend Marlene (Braun) was a conservationist, a birdwatcher, a lover of literature and film, an enthusiastic cook, a traveler, a scientist—but once the bully had hold of her, a suicide.

Her death catapulted me into a movement, founded by the Workplace Bullying Institute, to try to stop workplace bullying. I discovered that workplace abuse was not illegal unless the campaign of destruction was directly related to the protected status of the person being bullied. If the bully did not harass the target because of race, religion, sex, age, and so forth, it was legal conduct.



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Healthy Workplace Bill Coordinator, Dr. Katherine Hermes Featured in Recent Article

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Forum in Litchfield Targets Bullying

By Max Wittstein

LITCHFIELD—In a town where some red-haired students were recently kicked in an incident inspired by an episode of the animated show “South Park,” and in a larger region that includes a school district that lost administrators because of purported bullying and harassment, a discussion held Monday had plenty of context.

The panel discussion with one parent and two professors from Central Connecticut State University was scheduled at Litchfield High School to discuss the growing phenomenon of bullying. (Neither the recent bullying in Litchfield, nor the experience at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village led directly to Monday’s session.)



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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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