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  •  Well, according to (7+ / 0-)
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    bullying research, a small percentage of workers are able to stand up to the bully and not get terminated or subject to other adverse employment actions.  A target can be successful if other employees join in the effort against the bully.

    In my situation, the bully was the subject of numerous complaints, both individually and collectively--and numerous other bullies in the entity were allowed to bully.  The executive director was a bully himself and he had no concern whatsoever about bullied employees.  

    At this entity, one could say that bullying, retaliation, harassment, etc., is management policy and practice, since it is prevalent.  The entity is a large non-profit employing about 400+ employees in the Denver area.  So, it has all the EEOC type language and additional b.s. about how different viewpoints are appreciated, etc., on its website.  Total b.s.

    I am taking measures as I can since the entity sucks up millions of federal funds.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:36:01 PM PDT

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    •  In that case (2+ / 0-)
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      Non-profits are extremely vulnerable if their reputation is tarnished.  Find ways to report what's happening to funding agencies -- it can be as simple as gossiping with other lower-level employees at the agency during ordinary communications.  Spread it around enough, and truth will out.   Also, if they have all the EEOC garbage, then they're usually required to have some kind of an anonymous hotline.  Use it.  Calls made to such a hotline are categorically exempt from retaliation.  Any retaliation is so illegal you can sue them for it outright.

      •  I'm already doing much (2+ / 0-)
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        of what you suggested...thanks for the info.

        I am talking to state legislators, Denver City Council, and I even talked with DeGette's office about the situation.

        Unfortunately, the entity is truly rotten to the core.  Besides my experience, there was one AA male subject to racism and retaliation by the executive director, vice president of operations, the personnel director, and the property director.  His boss, the Director of Property Development, resigned due to the way this guy was treated.  So, this boss is helping out this guy and has averred about the way the guy was treated [sabotaged, harassed, etc].  It's highly unusual for a boss to assist a former employee with EEOC claims. This guy's case appears to be a slam dunk [for him].  He'll also be making the rounds amongst public officials soon.

        I even ran into a lawyer at an election party who had represented someone against this entity and knew someone else who had resigned due to the racism.

        And a number of other employees seem to have been terminated for fabricated reasons.

        So, we're working on it.  Like you said, the truth will out sooner or later.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 01:20:18 PM PDT

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        •  don't use office communications systems for... (1+ / 0-)
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          .... any of this.

          Don't make phone calls or have conversations about it over the office phone system: there is a reasonable chance that the numbers people call are being logged in a call accounting system, and a smaller chance that their calls are all being recorded.  

          Don't discuss it via company email, all of which is also subject to completely legal monitoring.

          Don't write about it on a company computer and then print out the document on a company printer.  

          If you have to communicate (phone calls or email) about this stuff during work hours, use only a personal cellphone that you yourself own, and do your note-taking with pen and paper or on the cellphone if it has those capabilities.  If using email, write to coworkers at their personal email addresses, not their work addresses.

          Best of all if you have to talk with coworkers, tell them only "I need to speak with you after work and off company property, it's personal so I can't discuss it further at work.  Let's take a five minute walk down the street after we get off from work today."  If they are curious to hear more, tell them it has to wait until after work and off company property, and that's all you can say.

          Then if management busts you for that, you have plausible deniability since the subject matter was not brought up yet.  You can say "I value so-and-so's thinking, and the subject matter is personal so I won't discuss it further at work."  If pressed, reiterate your assertion that you won't discuss it further at work, including revealing the subject matter to management.

          At the end of each day, after you get home, and never using any company computer they may have given you (use your own or use pen and paper), make detailed notes about anything that happened at work that is relevant to your claims.  Be sure those notes include dates and times as far as possible.

          At some point you may need to get a lawyer in the loop. Probably sooner than later, and very much worth the cost.

          It would be interesting for us here to know the name of the organization you work for, but resist the temptation until your lawyer says it's OK to reveal.  

          •  I would follow your (1+ / 0-)
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            instructions--but I don't work there anymore.

            And I'm doing this pro se since I don't have money for a lawyer [yeah, I know the saying, he who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer].  And I've done well on other matters pro se.

            But I can happily tell you that the AA who is pursuing his complaint is being represented by the firm of David Lane [of the Churchill case], and has an excellent lawyer.

            The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

            by dfarrah on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:08:34 AM PDT

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