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February 23rd, 2010
08:40 AM ET

Is Your Boss a Bully?

There are stories all over the British press saying Prime Minister Gordon Brown was no fun to work with. He allegedly bullied his staff and according to one newspaper, had "volcanic eruptions of foul temper."

Staffers and officials say there’s not truth to it. But it got us thinking about boss abuse. And we want to hear from you.

Have you ever been bullied by your boss?

Post your comment here. Kyra will read some of them live on the air in the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.


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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I have never been bullied by any supervisor or boss only praised for fine work even when I was in the Navy I was respected and when I my self was a boss I never let my position turn me into a moron .

    February 23, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  2. Robert Hobson

    My partner was bullied by his employer as a server and because of the economy didnt leave until the bully fired him when he stood up for himself!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  3. Cara

    Well, my Boss at my old job was very verbally absuive. She has threatned me with very foul language telling me Im nobody and will never be someone. She also threatned that if I would not work on my day off she would do harm to me. She as you had said had a VERY VOLCANIC ABSUIVE BULLY ATTITUDE!!!!!! Thats why I am no longer employed with her. I got out while I was still safe!!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  4. sunrose1

    Short answer: Yes. Several.

    HR was aware of the temperament in every situation, did nothing, and the basic response was, 'suck it up, at least it's a job.' The 'one-girl' offices were the worst. The boss was HR.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  5. "Lloyd"

    My professional experience so far is limited to the Cayman Islands, where I worked for twelve years. I worked under several managers but two were quite abusive. My last manager was a bully and targeted me for his abuse a lot. I learned to take notes of any of our interactions and reported him to HR a lot. That only made the abuse worse. I stuck it out there until I moved to Atlanta for grad. school. I wonder if it was guilt that inspired him to give me such a huge bonus the once before I left?

    February 23, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  6. sharen ladd in omaha

    I'm a Special Education teacher and one day I had to find a quiet place to take three students to finish a test while my room was being used, so I went into the unoccupied library. This offended the librarian and she complained to my Principal. He scolded me and wrote me up. How's that for petty bullying in our Educational system?

    February 23, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  7. Melissa Forte

    Bully???My former employer threatened to get a gun and blow my brains out!!!When I reported him to Corporate I got fired!!How's that for bullying?????

    February 23, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  8. Tracey

    Yes, I have. Unfortunately, there aren't laws in place in the USA to protect workers from the emotional damages that bosses cause. Basically, they can treat you anyway they want and the more they know you need your job the more abusive and demanding they can be.
    I have ended up with stomach problems and depression because of this boss. He would deny me days off, tell me I couldn't call in sick or go to the doctor, made me stay late with unreasonable deadlines and has berated me in front of other employees. I was told by an attorney my only recourse was to quit or find another job because unless I was black or being sexually harassed there was nothing I could do.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  9. Wade Larson

    My boss is the worst bully I have ever worked for. Knowing the times are tough and jobs are sparse he threatens, not only me but everyone with there jobs to get what he wants. For instance Jan. I was getting ready to go home after being at work for 10 hours, to relieve my wife from watching our 5 children so she could go to her classes for that evening. She is 1 semester from finishing her masters. My boss told me I needed to stay even later to get something done he needed the next morning. I told him the situation and apologized and offered to come in early at 5:00 am to address his need. He said as serious as death " Your wife is just going to have to quit this semester, your personal life doesn't matter to my business, and remember what happens to people who don't give me what I want". At the end of Jan he brought me into his office and said "no one got bonuses this year, you were going to get one but you gave me hassle that day, I just wanted you to know what you could have had". I thought that was odd since I did stay and my wife missed her class. The abuse here is ridiculous but what can you do? There is no way to stop it. Unless you quit, but 5 kids need to eat.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  10. Mac Davis

    I have worked for the Post Office for the over 10 years. I find that most customers know what they want when they come to the window; however, Recently, supervisors have started "bullying" window clerks by threatening "write up's" if we don't READ VERBATIM, a ridiculous script to each and every customer, that offers the most expensive service FIRST, and AT THE END... WE HAVE TO OFFER... POST OFFICE BOXES AND REDI-POST PACKAGING... although the lines are going out the door!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  11. Single Mom

    First, I work for a broken local government. They hire nurses to manage a health department who have no people skills and no management skills. This type of leadership leads to broken government.

    Yes, I have had a very abusive Supervisor for the last three years. I never formally complained and she was promoted recently. She withheld pay from me even when HR said she could not. I just took the loss and said nothing. She denied my vacation at Christmas a year in advance and then by accident I discovered near December that I was approved for that time and no one had told me. I didn't save or plan and ended up not having enough time to take off. I didn't say anything again, but I do feel that was harrassment. She was verbally abusive to me even though I avoided her as much as possible. She is a cruel person and I did fight her but she will probably get back all the bad she has dished out. She did affect my health and the health of my coworkers.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  12. Georgia, from Ohio

    Silly question! All bosses are bullys, why do you think they get paid the big bucks?
    Bullying and intimidation is a much quicker way to get the point across than any compassionate humane form of interaction. Fear is a much more powerful tool. Good, nice people get walked on...by bullies!
    Why the big "news" story?? Every day Americans get bullied on the job and other wise. No one wants to be out shined, so If they make you look bad they think that makes them look good.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  13. Georgia, from Ohio

    There is no protection for you,worker. I was fired recently, they accused me of theft which is rediculous. Why would I steal from a job that I've had for over 12 years and has been paying all my bill for that amout of time. I wouldn't jepordize my job that I loved.
    When I denied it they said I was fired any way.
    I believe they just wanted me off their insurance and I was fired strictly as a cost cutting method. Several others were fired too, all full time with insurance. Nothing could be done, no lawyer would touch it..."right to hire right to fire" I have no rights here in America.
    I've had to start over from zero...less than zero, I'm 46 years old with no college degree. The job market prefers the young.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  14. Joseph

    I recently walked away from being a Stockbroker because my boss was abusing everyone in the office. Always screaming, threatening and physically pushing employees down to the ground. He would punch me/us extremely hard and leave black & blue marks on my arm, spit on me, throw garbage cans at me, knocked me off my chair when I was not looking, urinated on my desk when I was on the phone, spit in employees food and drink if left un-attended and robbed all of my monthly commissions. I discovered he was a heroin addict and I feared for my life. Most stockbroker operations are run by the biggest liars, and abusive people in the world. I will never go back to this industry. I wish him dead.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  15. Tracey

    I want to thank CNN for bringing up this topic. It is a serious problem. I believe it's not something that people "should expect" to happen when they work. We put alot of time and effort into our jobs. We spend more time at our jobs than with our families. We should have some standard of respect given to us. Most of these bosses are control freaks and don't have a life. Or maybe, they have been treated badly..a trickle down theory. There should be "bully training" for management out there...
    I know that if i was given a chance to be a boss (mostly my former boss took credit for my work) I would be a great boss.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  16. sunrose1

    Suggestion for anyone who has been bullied: if your employer has 15 or more employees, you can contact your local EEOC or Human Rights Commission office. It would be wise to do this about the time you contact your HR department. Talk to someone, and find out if your situation is one that would be actionable. If you are being bullied, document every encounter to the extent you can – name, date, time, situation, what was said – or done. If you have to start seeing a counselor because of the situation, document that, too. The more documentation you have, the better chance you have of doing something about it. If you do contact either of these offices, document that, too. Retaliatory dismissal is also illegal.

    Remember, we encourage people who are being abused, especially women, to leave their homes if the abuse is bad enough. So why do we put up with it in the office?

    February 23, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  17. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Respect is the key to a great productive work place if an employ cant or wont do his or her job fire them theres plenty of people out of work and that would love to have employment theres no need to be a bully that only causes resentment but praise causes a team effort .

    February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  18. Tracey

    There no laws against "bullying" trust me.
    England is one step ahead of us on that one.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  19. Timia !

    Yes!!!!!!!!!! He was under stress from his boss and made me pay the price! How dare he make me pay for something I didn't buy. Luckily, since he has been gone, my medical bill has went down! Dude was really stressing me out!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  20. Tracey

    Longer hours, lower pay, no respect, higher taxes... the great american way. Do europeans still have 4 weeks vacations in the summer?

    February 23, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  21. Scott Stodden

    No, Never! Some people who have a leadership role don't know how to handle that authority or power, shame on you Prime Minister Gordon Brown!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 23, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  22. Timia

    Yes! You would think my boss was Schizo! One minute he's cracking joke and the next cracking heads! Geez! My medical bill has been sky rocket high! Let go Obama with this health care bill!!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  23. Dennis

    I worked at a multi-specialty clinic in central Ohio and after working for approximately 6 weeks I was verbally assaulted by a physician during a Board meeting. These verbal lashings continued for two years until he had me fired. I was told it was a “cultural” thing since he is from India. I’ve been in the work force for 44 years and have never been treated with such disrespect nor verbally assaulted in public settings.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  24. Tracey

    Anti-depressants Anyone?

    February 23, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  25. Lakesha from Florida

    One of my supervisors used to make here employees work under 30 hours so that she would get a big bonus at the end of our fiscal year. She also would make us work weekends so that she could spend time with her new born daughter!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  26. Tracey

    New Legistlation, Anyone? I'd like to see a politician take this one on.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  27. Phyllis G

    Yes. My father was, and my boss is a bully. I bully him back at times
    (smile). I enjoy it, because I believe women must realize that the male is the boss. They made all of us (smile)..
    Mr.Gordon Brown, England, displayed all the signs of a great leader

    February 23, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  28. Kim Hallmark

    Kyra:

    Thanks for doing this segment! Abuse in the workplace is on the rise as employers know they can get away with it; it's a convenient steam release for bullies, who know jobs are in short supply.

    I work at an Atlanta based franchise (based in another city) under a man who seeks me out on almost a daily basis for his vitupritive rages, all based on imagined wrongs I have committed or may commit. I am the newest person there with only three months training.

    He owns four franchises and I recently discovered he is about to lose a least one of them. Kyra, he kicks objects in front of me, tries to start fights with me in front of co-workers, calls me into private rooms and calls me names and makes gender related derogatory comments. If I call out for a day, he abuses me for that when I return. This guy is about six foot two or more and has to weight at least 250 pounds. I nam five foot five and about 140. He is frightening. Why is this allowed?

    I notified the corporate headquarters confidentially but know that matters would get worse if he knew I called. WHY DON'T WE SET LIMITS ON PHYSICAL, VERBAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE in the workpalce. These guys are timebombs waiting to happen. I am also fearful for the well-being of his wife and three children under the age of two (two newborn twins).

    February 23, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  29. Reena

    I quit a job a couple years ago because of a bully boss only to find myself face to face with a worse bully boss in my next job. The workplace hierarchy inevitably inculcates insecurity in mediocre managers and leaves the employees vulnerable to abuse. Unfortunately, HR isn't helpful ever and you are basically on your own when it comes to dealing with these situations. Afterall, Gordon Brown cannot be fired!

    In my case, I ended up quitting the second job as well...very frustrating!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  30. Lori

    I was bullied by my manager at an insurance company. I had been with the company for seven years. Six of the seven years my annual reviews had all been good up until my last year there under a different manager. I believe it was due to retalliation. When I had went to HR with my concerns, their comment on several situations that I had brought up were...."Manager Disgretion". Subsequently, a few months after my meeting with HR, I was fired for having my computer logged on ONE minute after starting time. I was considered tardy, while other employees could sit in her office "chit chatting" for up to 15 – 30 mins. and on occasion a hour after start time.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  31. frank

    How about a college president that threw books, kicked trash cans, verbally abused people, verbally assaulted students and that's not the least of fhis antics

    February 23, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  32. Nivea

    I was part of 3-person management team reporting to a consultant brought in to "turn things around". It was a full year off bullying, beyond anything I ever experienced. My mantra during his tenure was...bullys are products of bullying. You had to feel sorry at the end of the day for someone who did not have a positive management style.

    P.S. He fired all of us one by one....and then the owners fired him....Karma?????

    February 23, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  33. Anthony from MD

    I used to work at a local coffee shop. Our boss would constantly blame us for stuff that was not our fault and it even got to the point where we had to clock out before we were done working so that we could finish without being at risk to get fired. We were constantly threatened with pay vuts when we already make below minimum and the few tips we do make dont cover the difference at all.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  34. Roger

    My boss would come in and belittle me in front of my staff. He did this for months. Then he would pull me aside and tell me that I was one of his best managers? I told him that I did not appreciate his method of managing. I spoke to my HR department, which they thanked me for calling. A month later I was let go? The reason was, senior management made the decision. I was with this company for 4 years, and a top producer?

    February 23, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  35. PAM

    My principal at the High School I teach at called me everyday for almost 5 yrs. to his office at the end of the day. He would ask me to ask for a transfer. He did not like that I advocated for my students with Special Needs as he saw them as useless citizens. It became the joke of the school everyday as my name was called over the loudspeaker to report to his office. Needless to say, I have been at this high school for 22 of my 31 years of teaching. The harassment started year 1 of the 22 and he left after the 5th yr. Good overpowers evil!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  36. Keith

    My boss is a bully, very difficult to deal with and is constantly on my back, but I'm self employed so I'm willing to let it slide.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  37. C.

    I had a boss in the Federal Government that harrassed me so much I quit after 19 years of service. I was within 5 months of having 20 years. She made up stuff about me and accused me of horrible things causing me to have severe panic attacks. No one including the employees union at the agency would help me prove my innocence. And guess what she is still a supervisor. Why the federal government hires people like that is a mystery to me.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  38. Tracey

    Kyra, have you ever been bullied? It's not a funny experience.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  39. shan

    my boss is a real bully. she apparently has no say in her home so she comes and bully us at work. i hate to come to work because of her. when she has her day off everyone is always excited she needs to learn to respect her staff members.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  40. Reena

    I agree with Nivea and Pam. These bullies do eventually pay up for their behavior. My first bully boss is out of business now and has no one working for her that she can bully any more!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  41. NEC

    What I don't understand is that spousal abuse and other non-work related abuse has long since been made illegal, so why does any place of employment tolerate verbally abusive behavior? It cannot be good for moral, it cannot be good for people's health, it cannot benefit the organization in any way. And, as where I work, having policies against verbal abuse is not enough. If people are unwilling or unable to follow the policy or act in abusive situation, then the policy means nothing. If the abusers thought that their behavior would have serious, negative consquences for them then most likely there would be a decline in abusive behavior.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  42. Nova

    Bullying exists in academia too. Grad students, especially international students are especially subject to bullying, and threats. They are forced to remain silent as they will have to return to their home countries without completing their degree. I'm sure the mental health counselors have heard many of these horror stories...it's sickening!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  43. Heidi Allison

    Bullies in the job place seem to be very prevalent.

    We have heard many stories about how this affects a person, not only while on the job, but after they leave the place of employment where they have been bullied.

    The bullies continue to ruin the chances for employment by giving bad references.

    Our firm, AllisonTaylor.com checks the type of reference your former bully will give to a potential employer and if they are continuing this practice, we offer Cease & Desist Letters to make it stop………if you need help please feel free to call us 800 651 2470.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  44. Diane Brolin

    Hi Kyra

    It wasn't my boss – technically.
    It was fellow co-workers who thought they were really something just because they worked for the company for a long period of time
    They would fight over conference rooms – yes, fight!
    One guy walked into ther office liked he owned it, demanding to know WHO was in HIS conference room. (He was early for his meeting and the previous attendees were still using the room). I stood up to the guy, asked his name. He demanded to know how long I'd worked for the company. I told him awhile. He proudly stated he'd worked for the company 26 years, so I was trumped. I told one guy to go and "duke it out" with them because he didn't want to wait.
    I could not believe the audacity!
    By the way, I was gone two days later – they ended me!!!!!

    Diane

    February 23, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  45. C.A.

    I work at medical clinic & have one of the worst supervisors i've come across in 25 years of being in my profession. When any of the employees under her are doing their job wrong or other than what she needs them to do, she doesn't pull them aside & instructs them to make adjustments, she goes around talking the employee down & being very unprofessional. in a couple of cases, she has purposely let an employee do something wrong in order for them to get in trouble & cause a patient to have to come back. she manages by intimidation & openly prides herself at being rude & mean to everyone. our group is so big, that it's hard for upper management to monitor her behavior. has actually made me seriously consider getting out of the medical field.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  46. Shelly Walker

    I have a small business and I was forced to walk away from a project I worked on for 6 weeks for my husbands boss, If I did not except the loss after the work was completed, he threatened to fire my husband.

    So I did, not only did he fire my husband, his reason was he did not want any bad feelings around. This couple also accused my husband and I of theft among other things, so they would not look bad in the public eye. It also ended my business and we were force to live in our camper for months. We had to go to the State to get my husbands final pay, It took 3 months. The list go on from hitting while I was trying to dial 911 to chasing me in his car.
    Much Much More, No Human compassion! Just greed.

    This was by the man who wrote "The Eye of the Needle"

    February 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  47. Dee

    What do you do when the owner of the company is the person who informs you that you are nothing? You have no plans in life and you are going nowhere. Does not recognize or reward you on anything. You have looks and no brains. Asking you to pick lint up off the floor and only gives you a dollar raise. How degrading and disrespectful.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  48. John Holland

    My boss fired me for reporting to HR that my co-workers and I were exposed to contagious diseases for months without being trained. I discovered that six people in my department were working in bio-labs containing every infectious disease on earth without warning or training to protect us. This occurred because we were technical people or contractors. They only trained direct medical staff about bio-hazards in the work place as a standard policy. My direct employer at the time was "The State of Texas". I learned with research that they have been exposing untold thousands of employees to infectious diseases in state labs and hospitals for decades.I had been sick for weeks already. Some contractors were exposed and never warned. I reported it to HR. The state replied that nobody who was exposed could prove they got the infections at work. They fired me. Some people died after these exposures. When you try to report these events to state or federal authorities all tell you that you can only report the exposure to the offending facility. The CDC, NIH, FBI, OSHA, Police and District Attorneys have no authority to investigate or enforce. Lawyers will not take cases against the state due to cap limits and the state dragging out suits for years. Layers can be attacked by the state in other ways for suing the state, so many are afraid to sue the state. This problem is legalized murder in Texas and there is no recourse. I have been suffering with unknown infection for a long time. Others on my team also got sick. At termination our medical coverage was terminated while we were sick. I have remained sick continually for years. Would you tell a prospect employer that you are sick? I can't tell anyone that I am sick or I can't get a job. Without a job I can't get medical insurance. Without insurance I can't get a cure. I must expose other people at my next job to my illness to get medical help or die. State hospitals have refused me treatment. I have collect evidence given to the feds with who say they have no authority over the state problem. America needs to know that this can happen to you while working in GOP states. Many have done this to it's workers. The feds do not get involved to protect the workers. Feds have no authority on property that is owned by the State Governments. Check this out it is a serious threat to everyone. It could cause epidemic. This is a reason that we need a public option.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  49. Tracey

    Yes, and Obama wants to give tax breaks to small businesses who treat their employees this way!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  50. Tracey

    And we are fighting wars for billions of dollars? We have alot of problems we need to take care of at home...

    February 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  51. Crystal

    One of my first jobs was working as a personal assistant for an event planner and "image consultant" based in Houston. My duties were to drive her kids to and from school (etc.) and manage her home office.

    When I first started working for her she asked that I not claim my employment to the IRS, even though I'm a U.S. citizen. That should of been my first clue to not accept the job. But I took it anyway because I was 21 and I really wanted a job and I thought I could learn a lot from a career women and mom. Within the first week working for her she needed supplies, I spent my own money buying them, because she was suppose to pay me back and establish a petty fund to support her home office. That never happened. She would also send me on errands which sometimes totaled more than 40 miles and that did not pertain to her business. Once it was to pick up her sons friends because they had a day off and they wanted hang out together.

    Also, One morning she came in and started screaming at her son. So a month goes by, there's not petty fund, no pay check on the dates we agreed to. Keep in mind I'm still taking her kids to school and picking them up.

    I quit and it took her 1 months after I quit to pay me for driving her kids around, buying supplies, and managing her office. She even sent me a blank check and then a check that bounced so I had to send it back to her and that took another two months in addition to the first month to get paid.

    After I was paid. I received and e-mail that said me working for her was a financial loss.

    I would suggest to anyone to speak up if your boss is abusive or confront your boss. I didn't and I wish I handled it differently.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  52. Allison

    My email evidence saved me from being fired rather than being laid off. Complained to HR about incorrect evaluations stating that my programming work was not accurate nor on time. I actually took the initiative to impose, via email, a time of completion and got him to state what his desired reports should look like. Since HR was not equipped to know the type of skilled work required in producing the intricate reports, they kept sending me back to a non-degreed boss, whom did not have programming skills, to work out his imagined problems with my work. In fact, once he even omitted my summary rebuttal in my electronic quarterly evaluation. I am easy to get along with and honestly work well with people; for unknown reasons he wanted to mar my great productive work history. I am certain that I did not get some job offers because it involved speaking to my last manager.

    February 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  53. Sam Osias

    I worked for a boss not long ago who was a total fool and a bully. I can guarantee you that there are everywhere. They do have their characteristics also, not so well educated, lack of self-confidence and usually lack of know-how.

    February 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  54. Joe

    Yes we are bullied by our bosses daily. The bosses know the economy is suffering so they use this to their advantage for example ; It use to be a two man job or a three man job was just that now a two man job is a one man job and three man job is a two man job, we have people laidoff and they haven"t called any of these people back to work. one new person has been hired so he has to be trained.. they will find ways to fustrate you on a daily basis, they schedule you to work long hours and they want you to be moving around 98% of the day, but their is always an excuse when you talk about a raise, but they drive nice cars and live in nice houses. I would like to put them in the category of power abusers.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  55. barbara bishop

    Bully is such a nice word compared to my boss. Does controlling your day by having to ask to go to the bath room, having to ask for a pen to write with (patients take them), telling you there will be no breaks unless he says so, telling you there will be no lunch hour today and you will work past your 8 hours with no overtime qualify for an office manager no one likes? I could go on but he is the office manager and being in TOTAL CONTROL of your day makes his day.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  56. Patricia

    I had a horrible boss who publicly humiliated and cursed at us employees on an almost daily basis. He was also physically violent, throwing things, such as crumpled up email pages, at employees.

    One time, he overheard an employee's telephone converstion with a client, ran over to the employee's desk, grabbed the phone out of the employee's hand, and slammed it down violently, hanging up on the client.

    The best way to deal with bullying bosses is to avoid them in the first place! Sites like eBossWatch let you do background checks on potential bosses so that you can see what their employees really think about them. People need to do research on potential bosses before they accept job offers so that they avoid the bad ones.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:03 am |
  57. dana

    Interesting this came up today with CNN...for days I am hoping that someone will hear me. I am working on a project for the Foundation affiliated with one of the California State University System. This project is in support of the Stimulus Package..the American Recovery Act (Tax payer money). This contract is in effect from July 2009 through August 2010. I was hired in November 2009...shortly thereafter to find out that my employment date had been altered to reflect Dec. 2009 instead of Nov. 2009. I was made an offer of employment "an emergency hire" with a salary offer of $......only to find out (2) days before my first paycheck that my salary was not what I had been offered afterall. In addition I was told that Overtime would not be paid, therefore I would have to take compensatory time off....all this in California. I was made aware that the position as "an emergency hire" would allow me eligibility for employee benefits after consecutive 90 days with an eligibility/effective date of coverage of 03/01/10......04/01/10, depending on what hire date this group decided I would be entitled too. During all these changes, I have been requesting explanation for the changes....none has been provided. I asked to speak to human resources, I was told the human resources director would not come to our facility, therefore I would have to make an appt. with him and travel (1) hours to meet with the individual.. I have tried without success!

    In January 2010 our program director was replaced by the Executive Director. During these changes a meeting took place with the staff to advise us of the new change of command. During these meetings I asked questions relative to my offer of employment-salary, Over Time, Hire Date..etc. While it appeared to have been received well, the executive director appeared to have been working in good faith with me, suddenly my wold turned upside down. Immediately thereafter this meeting where discussion of my employment status took place, the emergency hire status has now been extended an additional 55 days to end my assignment?? by April 16, 2010, maybe earlier end of March 2010...rather than the additional 90 days, or August when the contract ends. In addition, my position is now being posted for recruitment...reason given.... to meet EEOC/AFFP/ERISA/CalPers. compliance!

    the policy, as I am being told for the "emergency hire" is no more than 999 hours per fiscal year. After that, this position becomes a full time position with the Foundation. Based on what is happening today, I will never be given the opportunity to be employed by the Foundation.

    I am being harassed almost on a daily basis by the human resources dept. and the executive director requesting updated time sheets for the over time worked in 2009. Not a problem, the problem is how they are going about it. I am being shouted at every opportunity given this woman....the senior hr generalist, and demanded by the executive director to cancel appts. with clients at the last minute. Being set-up for failure!!

    Yesterday, I was told that I would not be going out to meet with clients, the clients are to come to the office for support. Neither would the financial specialist be going out with me to meet with clients.

    Keep in mind, some of these clients are the source for this program, these are business owners, some are (1) man office. The goal for this program is to support business owners in re-structuing their businesses allowing them to create jobs.

    Dare I inquire about any benefits, dare I suggest that the policy currently being exercised regarding O/T -v- compensatory time off, dare I exercise making any suggestions that affect my employment. As a result of my employment inquiries.This bullying effect is so concentrated on me, that going to work every day has become a fear of reproach from the executive director. Not knowing what she will do next. She has created such a dysfunctional/hostile working environment, pitting staff members against each other. To the extent that I feel sick to my stomach every this woman is at our office....3 days per week.

    This has become an abusive, extremely low moral and an unhealthy enviornment to work in. While this is illegal, this behavior continues to be condoned by upper management. As they consider their favorites to do no wrong!!!

    The worst is when human resources encourages the behavior, where else do we go for support!

    The economy is what it is today, we are lucky to have a job, is this the reason why the abuse continues and is allowed? People are standing in line for jobs, so they don't need to tolerate such inquiries exposing them to wrong/illegal employment practices!

    I am a tax payer, obviously this where my taxpayer dollars go to support TRASH in the making! This contract was awarded by the County...should we be looking into the county as well?? $82,000.00 was awarded as part of the contract for benefits.....where are those benefits, where is that money? The foundation is doing everything possible to avoid providing beneftis...where is this money going?

    I am very concerned, hiring someone to replace me will only set the program further behind. The program ends in August 2010. The support give these employers to now, will all be destroyed, jobs that are in the creation mode will be gone....all because of this "BULLY."

    If these Bullies in management were to face serious consequences (personal) as the law stipulates, the abusive behaviors would stop!
    Executvie management tends to look the other way, becasue they favorites.

    These are TAX dollars at PLAY not at WORK!!!!! Talk about a Broken Government?

    Please someone out there listen, help me to stop this horrible action from taking place? Is what is happening here "misappropriation of funding?" Is this why I am losing my job?

    February 25, 2010 at 11:01 am |
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