Cruelty goes digital: Layoffs by email
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by David Yamada
5d ago
(image courtesy of freepik.com) It was probably inevitable: As an ultimate reminder to workers that they are quickly disposable and easily disposed of, some companies are resorting to standardized emails to inform people that they no longer have a job. The pandemic has taught many companies that their workers can be efficient and productive working from outside of the office, and a good number of employers have embraced remote work as a new norm. Recent rounds of layoffs in the high tech sector are now showing us what happens when remote work meets the human resources function. Among the mor ..read more
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Healthy Workplace Bill reintroduced in Massachusetts legislature
Minding the Workplace
by David Yamada
1w ago
I’m happy to share that here in Massachusetts, the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) has been reintroduced in the new, 2023-24 session of the Massachusetts legislature. We are delighted that Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Bristol & Norfolk), a stalwart voice for workers, is again the lead sponsor. The HWB permits targets of severe workplace bullying to seek damages in court and creates liability-reducing incentives for employers to act preventively and responsively towards bullying behaviors at work. Currently, the HWB (link here) is designated as Senate Docket No. 712 (SD.712). Later on, i ..read more
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Watch and learn: Video recordings of 2022 programs
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by David Yamada
3w ago
  Hello dear readers, I’m linking below video recordings of several programs in which I participated during 2022. I hope you’ll find something of interest! “Bullying and Incivility in the Academic Workplace” (March 2022) (link here) — I gave a presentation about “Bullying and Incivility in the Academic Workplace” to the Northeastern University College of Science in Boston, as part of a series on “Disrupting Academic Bullying.” I first cover bullying, mobbing, and incivility generally, then I examine these behaviors in academic workplaces. “Creating Healthy Workplaces Through Legislation ..read more
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A case for therapeutic jurisprudence in legal education and the legal profession
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by David Yamada
1M ago
University of Miami Law Review, 2021 University of Baltimore Law Review, 2021 This semester, I had one of my most enjoyable teaching experiences ever at Suffolk University Law School, via a unique course that I’ve designed called the “Law and Psychology Lab” (LPL), a four-credit, workshop-type offering that examines the intersection of law and psychology in ways that are relevant to legal practice, law reform, and the legal profession. The course explores law and psychology primarily through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), a multidisciplinary field of theory and practice that e ..read more
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Popular 2022 posts
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by David Yamada
1M ago
Image courtesy of citypng.com Hello dear readers, and welcome to the New Year! I collected ten of the most popular 2022 posts on work-related themes. If you missed them earlier or would like to take another look, then here’s your chance to read them: “Gaslighting” is the Merriam-Webster 2022 “word of the year” (Dec. 2022) (link here) Watching “Gaslight” (1944): One viewer’s guide (Oct. 2022) (link here) Workplace bullying and mobbing: Annotated recommended book list for 2022 (Aug. 2022) (link here) We need to dig beneath generic references to “toxic workplaces” (Aug. 2022) (link here) “The ..read more
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Workplace bullying from the bottom up
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by David Yamada
1M ago
In the United States, workplace bullying tends to be a top-down phenomenon. According to the latest Workplace Bullying Institute national scientific survey of workplace bullying in the U.S. (link to summary here), supervisor-to-subordinate bullying is by far the most frequent pattern (65%), followed by peer-to-peer bullying (21%). Subordinate-to-supervisor bullying, which some researchers call upward bullying, lags far behind in terms of prevalence (14%). This makes sense. The American workplace tends to be hierarchical. The predominant U.S. rule of at-will employment allows an employer to te ..read more
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“Gaslighting” is the Merriam-Webster 2022 “word of the year”
Minding the Workplace
by David Yamada
2M ago
  Back in October, I shared a short viewer’s guide to the 1944 film Gaslight (link here), noting that it inspired the pop psych term gaslighting, which is “now used to characterize psychologically manipulative and controlling behaviors in interpersonal relationships, the political realm, and — of course — our workplaces.” Well, little did I know that the folks at the venerable Merriam-Webster dictionary would designate gaslighting as their “word of the year” for 2022! Here’s Leanne Italie, reporting for the Associated Press (link here): “Gaslighting” — behavior that’s min ..read more
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“The Hero’s Call”: An alumnus interviews me about workplace bullying
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by David Yamada
3M ago
One of the most gratifying things that I experience as a law professor is when I can reconnect with a former student who has built a successful and positively impactful legal career. Such was the case recently, when Suffolk Law alumnus Marc Diller extended an invitation to appear on his law firm’s video web series, The Hero’s Call. Marc’s law firm is devoted to personal injury law, built around the conviction that those who suffer harms because of someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior should be entitled to compensation for their losses. And I’m delighted to note that Marc him ..read more
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Watching “Gaslight” (1944): One viewer’s guide
Minding the Workplace
by David Yamada
3M ago
On Friday evening, I hosted an online discussion of the movie Gaslight, the 1944 thriller that gave rise to the pop psych term gaslighting, a term now used to characterize psychologically manipulative and controlling behaviors in interpersonal relationships, the political realm, and — of course — our workplaces. This session was part of a film discussion series hosted by the University of Chicago’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, an intensive, non-credit, four-year course of study of the Great Books of the Western canon. The film night discussions are among the program’s c ..read more
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From genocide to bullying, may remembrance inspire our commitment
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by David Yamada
4M ago
The social media image that most commanded my attention on Friday morning was a photo of Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, taken in May 1960, on the day that the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam was first opened to the public. Otto Frank was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Nazi concentration camps. Daughters Anne and Margot, and wife Edith, all perished before they could be liberated. Staring at that photograph, I tried to imagine what was going through Mr. Frank’s mind. But I understood that I could never truly comprehend his experience and the journey that brought h ..read more
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