The New Terrorist Threat: Bully Bosses at Work

This excerpt is from chapter two of the book: How Organizations Empower the Bully Boss: A Criminal in the workplace
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In California, a terrorist or criminal threat may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the seriousness of the threat and its consequences as well as the discretion of the prosecutor. The punishment will vary accordingly and may include jail time, prison time, parole or probation, and large fines; and you may lose your right to vote or own a gun.
Misdemeanor: the court can impose probation (informal) with or without jail time, community service, physical labor, counseling, restitution (paying the victim), fines ($200 to $2,000), and “stay-away” orders. A conviction also results in the person having a permanent criminal record.
· Felony: In California a terrorist or criminal threat is punishable by up to three years in state prison. Criminal or terrorist threats are considered a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.

There are acts performed by bully bosses such as the criminal bully boss who violently hit me on my back, that could be interpreted as a terrorist and/or criminal threat. Sometimes the target is so weary from battle, that the thought of going through a criminal complaint is debilitating. Psychologically I was so weary from the racing thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, and being overwhelmed that the thought of going through another agency which might grill me, was impossible. But, until there is a healthy workplace law to protect targets of these criminal socio-paths, perhaps this is how targets of bullies should pursue protection under the law. A worker should no more accept being attacked routinely by a bully boss than one would accept being raped at work. Rape is a violent act used as a means to control, dominate, and have power over someone. The same could be said about the behavior of the criminal bully boss only worse.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance companies of course work on behalf of the employer but even with that in mind, education of the real facts on the real harm and damages must be given to them. Injured workers are entitled to monetary awards for the suffering incurred due to work related injury caused by the criminal bully boss, the socio-path called by some or psychopath by others (Babiak & Hare, 2006). Yes, they may be educated, wear suits, quite charming, witty, cold, heartless, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. And Mrs. Hyde personalities, but they are still soul murderers, they kill. Criminal Bully Bosses kill and destroy lives, families, livelihoods, and the will to live or to carry on meaningful careers. It was heart wrenching to watch a recent ABC interview of a woman who had suffered at the hands of a bully boss. This targeted individual, seven years after her experiences with the criminal bully boss, was still unable to return to work due to severe psychological trauma. Her family suffered and her marriage. All too familiar to me. But, these costs are lost on those who determine whether or not the targeted individual should receive compensation. Let’s take a look at what the REAL DAMAGE is to those who happened to be the target of a CRIMINAL BULLY BOSS. And, maybe when enough people understand what costs are incurred by them potentially as an employee working for organizations that empower these criminals by not firing them; maybe just maybe people will not work for these companies. Would you choose to work for a company if you knew that the organizational culture was one that supported and empowered the victimization of its employees or who condoned the managerial styles of criminal bully bosses?
In California, a terrorist or criminal threat may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the seriousness of the threat and its consequences as well as the discretion of the prosecutor. The punishment will vary accordingly and may include jail time, prison time, parole or probation, and large fines; and you may lose your right to vote or own a gun.
· Misdemeanor: the court can impose probation (informal) with or without jail time, community service, physical labor, counseling, restitution (paying the victim), fines ($200 to $2,000), and “stay-away” orders. A conviction also results in the person having a permanent criminal record.
· Felony: In California a terrorist or criminal threat is punishable by up to three years in state prison. Criminal or terrorist threats are considered a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.
There are acts performed by bully bosses such as the criminal bully boss who violently hit me on my back, that could be interpreted as a terrorist and/or criminal threat. Sometimes the target is so weary from battle, that the thought of going through a criminal complaint is debilitating. Psychologically I was so weary from the racing thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, and being overwhelmed that the thought of going through another agency which might grill me, was impossible. But, until there is a healthy workplace law to protect targets of these criminal socio-paths, perhaps this is how targets of bullies should pursue protection under the law. A worker should no more accept being attacked routinely by a bully boss than one would accept being raped at work. Rape is a violent act used as a means to control, dominate, and have power over someone. The same could be said about the behavior of the criminal bully boss only worse.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance companies of course work on behalf of the employer but even with that in mind, education of the real facts on the real harm and damages must be given to them. Injured workers are entitled to monetary awards for the suffering incurred due to work related injury caused by the criminal bully boss, the socio-path called by some or psychopath by others (Babiak & Hare, 2006). Yes, they may be educated, wear suits, quite charming, witty, cold, heartless, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. And Mrs. Hyde personalities, but they are still soul murderers, they kill. Criminal Bully Bosses kill and destroy lives, families, livelihoods, and the will to live or to carry on meaningful careers. It was heart wrenching to watch a recent ABC interview of a woman who had suffered at the hands of a bully boss. This targeted individual, seven years after her experiences with the criminal bully boss, was still unable to return to work due to severe psychological trauma. Her family suffered and her marriage. All too familiar to me. But, these costs are lost on those who determine whether or not the targeted individual should receive compensation. Let’s take a look at what the REAL DAMAGE is to those who happened to be the target of a CRIMINAL BULLY BOSS. And, maybe when enough people understand what costs are incurred by them potentially as an employee working for organizations that empower these criminals by not firing them; maybe just maybe people will not work for these companies. Would you choose to work for a company if you knew that the organizational culture was one that supported and empowered the victimization of its employees or who condoned the managerial styles of criminal bully bosses?

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