Lives Lost to Workplace Bullying and Mobbing
Start: Saturday, October 22, 2022• 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, October 22, 2022• 2:00 PM
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April 15, 2022:
Xavier Sandor died by suicide, one of three sailors to do so in one week on the USS George Washington. Current and former crew members of the aircraft carrier described terrible accommodation standards, effectively a construction site, and reported that leadership dismissed complaints and failed to address problems.
March 9, 2021:
Evan Seyfried, a nearly two-decade Kroger employee, took his own life due to an alleged six-month psychological abuse campaign from two store managers. Kroger failed to act in accordance with their own complaint policies while violating Evan's inherent right to dignity. A lawsuit is currently pending.
March 1, 2021:
48-year-old Amazon worker Paul Vilscek jumped to his death on his shift at the LAS7 fulfillment center in Las Vegas. Coworkers mentioned a high-stress work environment and lack of compassion from management. One coworker reported Amazon workers getting written up for interacting with coworkers. Another reported lack of empathy, explaining the little time off they take is held against them.
Molson Coors electrician Anthony Ferrill shot and killed five co-workers before taking his own life. After this tragedy, several Molson Coors workers spoke out about racial harassment at Milwaukee’s famed brewery and management’s lack of meaningful action. In fact, Anthony, who had 17 years of experience at Molson Coors, had been the target of unceasing racial bullying for years and had filed a lawsuit against the company. Five years earlier, a noose had been duct-taped to his locker, not a first at the brewery. A co-worker recalled that Anthony had been called the “N” word and a “dumb ape or monkey” by another electrician, prompting Anthony to bring a complaint to HR. Nothing came of Anthony’s complaint or any of the charges filed by other employees of color. One former worker told the Washington Post about the crushing stress and anxiety being the target of racist slurs, jokes, harassment, and threat. The Milwaukee police denied that racism was a cause of the shooting, but others see clear connections. The burden of dealing with a toxic work environment most certainly contributed to Anthony’s despair and desperation.
Jae Almeida, once a nurse on Cape Cod, took his own life after a nurse manager began to make false accusations and discriminatory remarks toward his mom, who worked in another part of the hospital. The manager moved onto Jae and threatened to attack him. The hospital and EEOC failed to help. As a result, Jae suffered from PTSD and suicidal ideation. His mom attributes his death to the depression and isolation from the abuse at work.
December 21, 2016:
John Coffman took his own life after he was allegedly bullied, ridiculed, and harassed at work and his former supervisor failed to step in to prevent the behavior leading to a psychological injury that led to his death. The court deemed his employer, California State Department of Transportation, free from claims that it failed to prevent workplace bullying because it's protected by the Workers’ Compensation Act.
July 18, 2014:
22-year-old Graham Gentles died by suicide three days after he was allegedly accused of stealing, handcuffed, and paraded through the Target store he worked at in front of coworkers and customers — what the lawsuit calls a "walk of shame." His mother reports he didn't know what was going on and that it was the worst day of his life.
Annette Prada died by suicide after she and other state workers reported workplace bullying to their supervisors or HR and felt lack of adequate addressing or retaliation for speaking up. A wife and mom of three grown children, Annette filed a lawsuit against the commission she worked in alleging racial discrimination just three days before she took her own life.
October 3, 2011:
19-year-old Private Danny Chen died by suicide after fellow soldiers allegedly hazed him in Afghanistan. According to The New York Times, soldiers taunted Private Chen with racial epithets and forced him to crawl on the ground while they pelted him with rocks. His battalion had no other Chinese-American soldiers.
August 3, 2010:
Kevin Morrissey, managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review of the University of Virginia whose last note read "I can't bear it anymore," died by suicide after a tense dialogue with administrators. While his boss attributed his death to a history of depression, a majority of his co-workers alleged that Morrissey had been the target of a workplace bully.
The day before 31-year-old Jodie Zebell was to receive a poor job review at a La Crosse clinic where she served as a mammographer, Jodie took her own life. A wife and mom of two, Jodie was praised as a model employee, but then coworkers allegedly falsely blamed her for problems at work for months. The abuse — false accusations and criticism in front of others — escalated after Jodie received a promotion.
May 2, 2005:
Marlene Braun, former manager of Carrizo Plain National Monument, took her own life after blaming her boss. In a suicide note, she wrote that she could no longer take his abuse, humiliation, and lies.
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