Episode #14: Steps Toward Workplace Civility Law & Qualifying for Disability Benefits

January 25, 2010

MP3 Audio: Episode #14: Steps Toward Workplace Civility Law & Qualifying for Disability Benefits (44.70mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Bullying Boss, Disability Benefits, Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment

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In this episode we review two recent cases, both of which point toward the federal courts gradual expansion of discrimination law, inching closer to requiring civility in the workplace. We also have a highly informative interview with Brian Therrien of Disability Digest about qualifying for disability benefits, and the differences between short term, long term, and social security disability. I learned a lot just from interviewing Brian, and I know you'll find this to be one of our most informative interviews yet.

 


Episode #13: How to Never Give Up and Never Be Alone, an Interview with Our Forum Den Mother, Lulu

December 15, 2009

MP3 Audio: Episode #13: How to Never Give Up and Never Be Alone, an Interview with Our Forum Den Mother, Lulu (44.61mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: abusive boss, Bully Boss, Discrimination at work, employee rights, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, workplace abuse

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Episode 13 features an interview with our forum Den Mother and bully boss fighter, Lulu.  Lulu joined our forum feeling alone and confused about how her long stellar career could start crumbling when a much younger manager took over the department where Lulu worked. 

Over a year later Lulu is still fighting through trials, but now after learning her rights she feels empowered and more in control.  Make no mistake, Lulu does not have an easy life.  But listen to her tell her story on this podcast and you will detect a calm confidence in Lulu that makes her a source of inspiration and comfort in the Employment Law Academy.

Remember last episode when we introduced The Undercover HR Person, Mary, to help our community members with responding to a bullying bosses and H.R. Departments?  So many people contacted her for help that now there is a waiting line.  If you'd like to check to see if she's had any cancellations you can contact her at: mary@undercoverlawyer.com

Quick Tip Contact Info: http://www.thedisabilitydigest.com/


Episode #12: Bully Boss Survivor Marilyn Veincentotzs

November 30, 2009

MP3 Audio: Hostile Workplace Podcast Episode #12 (37.59mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: abusive boss, Bully Boss, Discrimination at work, employee rights, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, workplace abuse

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Episode 12 features an interview with Bully Boss survivor turned author Marilyn Veincentotzs.  Marilyn, who also goes by "Dr. Vee", learned from "Work Laws Exposed" how to fight back against a bullying boss.  Then she helped a good friend do the same thing.  Then she took her expertise in organizational psychology and wrote a book, "How Organizations Empower Bully Bosses: A criminal in the workplace."

In Episode 12 we also introduce a fantastic new resource for people who need help with responding to a bullying boss: The Undercover HR Person!  That's right, our forum stalwart and HR expert, "OnYourSide", is actually named Mary, and Mary is now available to help you with workplace issues too.  If you want help composing a letter to your boss, filing out a complaint form, preparing a timeline to use when meeting with HR, or completeing FMLA forms -- then Mary is the perfect resource for you.

You can contact Mary here: mary@undercoverlawyer.com

You learn more about Marilyn Veincentotzs here: http://www.dorightatwork.com/

Quick Tip Contact Info: http://www.thedisabilitydigest.com/


Episode #11: Bullying Expert Dr. Ben Leichtling

September 20, 2009

MP3 Audio: Hostile Workplace Podcast #11 (32.32mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: abusive boss, Bully Boss, Discrimination at work, employee rights, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, workplace abuse

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In this episode of the Hostile Workplace Podcast we are very pleased to feature an interview with Dr. Ben Leichtling, who has written a book and published a DVD set on living bully free in all aspects of life, including work.

Dr. Leichtling was so generous with his time that we couldn't fit all of his helpful insights and ideas into the podcast, but it was simply too good "to leave on the cutting room floor".

So even more of this interview is available on the Members-Only Forum, which is just $1 for the first month (and no further obligation).� You can join the Member Forum here: http://undercoverlawyer.com/amember/signup.php

The Quick Tip a site where you can rate your boss, and check to see if you potential new boss has been rated by his or her employees.� The site is: http://www.ebosswatch.com/

Find even more helpful info from Dr. Leichtling at his site: http://www.bulliesbegone.com/


Episode #10: Some Bully Bosses Forbid Bathroom Breaks?!

August 12, 2009

MP3 Audio: #10: Bully Bosses Create a Hostile Work Environment by Forbidding Bathroom Breaks! (24.43mb) Download

By: Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Abused at Work, Age Discrimination, Employee Rights, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, Job Harassment

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Main Segment

In the Main Segment of Episode #10 we tackle the issue of "Bully Bosses Who Forbid Bathroom Breaks."  This craziness happens much more frequently than you may think.  Can you guess who the primary victims are?

#1 Spanish radio station in Miami

The radio show I mention during the show is 98.3.  My thanks to Frank, the Undercover Lawyer community member from Miami who got the book and called in to 98.3 to talk about it.  Thanks Frank!

All Spanish UCL Site Now Launched:

www.demandas-empleos.com

New Segment -- The Q & A:

We also debut a new segment in Episode #10, the Q&A.  In you have a legal question about work that you think other listeners would be interested in, send it to me at: UndercoverLawyer@Gmail.com.  Better still, ask the question in you own voice by using the comment line: (360) 450-5750.  Call in, leave your question, and you may hear your voice on the next episode of the podcast!

The Quick Tip:

This week's Quick Tip is about safe internet surfing at work.  The resources discussed are these:

  1. http://www.work-surf.info/
  2. http://www.anonymous-proxies.org/2009/07/all-about-work-proxies.html

Episode #9: Ten Mistakes Bosses Make to Cause Hostile Work Environment Lawsuits

July 20, 2009

MP3 Audio: Episode #9: Ten Mistakes Bosses Make to Cause Hostile Work Environment Lawsuits (21.80mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Abusive Boss, Bully Boss, COBRA, Employee Rights, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, Workplace Discrimination

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In Episode #9 the Undercover Lawyer (Curt K.) reveals 10 things that bosses do to their employees that cause hostile work environment lawsuits.� This is explosive information that big business pays top dollar for; Curt himself regularly charges companies $1,000+ for "How Not to Get Sued" seminars that cover this same material!� But now you get it for free, plus Curt's explanation of how employees can use this information for their advantage.

In the Quick Tip Curt covers how the new Federal Bailout Program includes money that you get right now if you've lost your job.� Its the COBRA subsidy, so that you pay only 35% of your insurance premium to maintain health benefits after leaving a job, instead of having to pay 100%.� You can get more info here: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq_consumer_cobra.HTML

Also, the Spanish version of Work Laws Exposed is now available for purchase: http://www.undercoverlawyer.com/libro-espanol

And the most exciting news, the Members Only Private Forum of the Undercover Lawyer Academy is now available for only $1 for the first month (and $14.97 per month thereafter).� This is a giant discount from the usual $47 per month that will go into effect in about 30 days.� But if you sign up now, you lock in the $14.97 price for life (even after the full Employment Law Academy opens with tons of powerful new content).

You can take advantage of limited time $1 offer by clicking here: http://undercoverlawyer.com/amember/signup.php


Episode #8: The "Bullying Boss" Gets Found Guilty in Court

February 2, 2009

MP3 Audio: Episode #8: The "Bullying Boss" Gets Found Guilty in Court (20.92mb) Download

By: The Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Bully Boss, Hostile Work Environment, Hostile Workplace, Job harassment

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Have you ever wished that you could sue your bully of a boss?� This episode is about a hospital employee named Joseph Doescher who did just that.

The Bully-Boss Surgeon
Doescher's "boss" was a cardiovascular surgeon named Dr. Daniel Raess.� Dr. Raess behavior included yelling, screaming, and swearing at Doescher with "clenched fists, piercing eyes, beet-red face, [and] popping veins."� The incident that prompted the lawsuit ended with Doescher believing that Dr. Raess was going to hit him, but at the last second Dr. Raess screamed "You're finished, you're history" and he stomped out of the room.

The Anxiety Stricken Employee
For his part, the employee Doescher reported that Dr. Raess' bullying damaged Doescher's ability to do his job, his ability to interact with his wife and family, and caused him to suffer from anxiety.� Doescher was even diagnosed with a "major depressive disorder," a "panic disorder," and an inability to focus.

The "Bullying Expert," Dr. Gary Namie
This lawsuit went all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court, who reviewed how appropriate it was to allow the nation's leading Bullying Expert, Dr. Gary Namie, testify on the employee's behalf.�

The results of this case made national headlines, but don't settle for a sound bite explanation of the what happened and how it affects you.

Raess v. Doescher, Indiana Supreme Court (April 8, 2008).


Episode #7: Age Discrimination, Summary Judgment, & an Exciting Announcement

January 3, 2009

MP3 Audio: Episode #7: When Your Boss Creates a Hostile Work Environment Based on Your Age (32.25mb) Download

By: Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Age Discrimination, Hostile Workplace, termination

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In Episode #7, we discuss how your boss can be liable to you for creating a hostile work environment based on age.  The main example we cover is Elizabeth Parks v. Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., 2008 WL 4449345 (SDNY) (Oct. 2, 2008).

Parks' employer, Drug Store News, made some key mistakes that your employer is probably making, too.

Also, the resource discussed in the quick tip is at:  http://creditcard.westlaw.com/.

Finally, we have an exciting announcement about exciting new features coming to UndercoverLawyer.com.


Episode #6: 10 Tips for Anyone Facing Termination, Including Negotiating a Severance Package

November 10, 2008

MP3 Audio: Epidsode #6: 10 Tips for Anyone Facing Termination, Including Negotiating a Severance Package (26.06mb) Download

By: Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Hostile Workplace, layoff, severance, termination, unemployment

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The primary message of Episode #6 of the Hostile Workplace Podcast is "You Are Not Powerless When Facing Termination!"� This episode shows you how to fight back and try to keep your job, PLUS, we cover how to negotiate a severance if you decide to leave.� Negotiating a severance would also apply to anyone who is facing layoffs at their company.

Tips 1-3:
Fight Back by utilizing protected classes and turning the tables on your supervisor.

Tips 4-7:
Slow the Process Down by knowing all your due process rights and using all of them.

Tips 8-10:
Even if You Decide to Leave, don't just walk away; you have the power to get something out of the company, and ease your transition to your next (better) job.

The ever-popular "Quick-Tip" feature comes straight from our forums.� A community member who is facing termination at his own job has a great tip for anyone dealing with an abusive boss.


Episode #5: Listener Interview; Disability Discrimination

September 7, 2008

MP3 Audio: Episode 5: Hostile Workplace Podcast (24.39mb) Download

By: Undercover Lawyer visit website

Genre: Podcast

Tags: Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment

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Episode #5 features a listener interview with Vicki, who fought tooth and nail against disability discrimination to keep her job.� She also has learned a lot about filing for FMLA leave and filing with the EEOC.� Anyone facing these same issues can learn from Vicki's story.

The Quick Tip for this episode is an update on the subject of Male to Male sexual harassment.� New cases are being filed against restaurants you've heard of.

Finally, the Hostile Workplace Podcast now has a listener comment line: (360) 450-5750.� After listening to the show call in and let us know what you think of Vicki's story, or call in and share your own workplace story.� You may find yourself on the front page of the iTunes "Careers" section!


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