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Friday, September 27th, 2013
Mean Girls, All Grown Up, Now Workplace Bullies
They’re terrible and it’s not OK and there’s little legally to do about it
By Tessa Cheek, The Colorado Independent, Sept. 23, 2013
“This is a dirty secret, really,” said Karen McGee, a Denver women’s leadership coach who first became interested in woman on woman bullying in the workplace when members of her monthly roundtable began to raise the issue in their meetings.
“Addressing it seems to play into the stereotypes we wish to avoid,” she said. “If we talk about it openly, the fear is it will make us all look bad. And it does.”
She’s right. There’s something regressive and embarrassing about acknowledging the behavior of real-life dragon ladies who, more than a century after the dawn of the women’s movement, seem intent on sticking their stilettos in the eyes of their co-workers or subordinates. After all, there’s an unwritten code – or at least an expectation that the code exists – that women need to stick together in the office.
But the code is often broken when it comes to time for evaluations, promotions, and all manner of other ways workers can stab or get stabbed in the back.
Tags: civil rights act, colorado independant, Gary Namie, karen mcgee, tessa cheek, Title VII, Workplace Bullying Institute
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