What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bullying at The Register and Bee has got to stop

Not only is the atmosphere at The Danville Register & Bee one of sexual harassment and hostility, it is one riff with bullies. I plan to testify before Congress next year about Media General's policies and the problem of bullying that exists in the newsroom at The Danville Register & Bee. In the meantime - please understand that the same bullying that is going on there is going on in our schools and in work places around town.

Bullying doesn't have to be hitting or shoving. In the workplace it becomes nitpicking, blowing small errors all out of proportion, moving a person from a challenging environment to one where they are underutilized or denied the resources they need to do their jobs and constant fault finding. Bullying is where bullies and their counterparts can get away with anything, but one misstep or mistake on the target's part is blown out of proportion and reason for discipline or sanctions.

Not providing resources and equipment when it is clearly needed - or providing resources to others, but not the target: I was forced to work with cameras that were broken or needed repairs. Equipment I needed - such as a flash, a microphone for the video cameras and recorders and simple software was denied me and I was constantly criticised for not producing the quality product it was impossible to produce without the equipment.

I was sent home at least once and sometimes two or three times a day so I would be "off the clock" but still available "in case something happened." I was told one day that I needed approval from the editor to work overtime, then yelled at the next week for refusing to work overtime without prior approval.

How serious is workplace bullying? as Dr.' Nami - bullying experts said here:

“We’re talking about a full-bore systematic interpersonal campaign of destruction. It takes the form of either verbal abuse or conduct that’s threatening, humiliating or intimidating. It actually prevents work from getting done. … And it’s also not conflict. It’s very important that people understand: it’s not traditional conflict, so it will not be solved by the traditional tools … It’s very important that we make it about serious abusive health-harming mistreatment.”

Want to read my bullying post? Click here.

How did bullying manifest alongside the sexual harrassment?

1. Blamed for "errors"
2. Unreasonable job demands
3. Criticism of ability
4. Inconsistent compliance with rules
5. Threatened job loss
6. Insults and put-downs
7. Discounting/denial of accomplishments
8. Exclusion, "icing out"
9. Yelling, screaming
10. Stealing credit

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