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The Abusive Boss Who Lost in Court

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Abusive bullying boss ruining your work? You need to hear about Joe.

Joe is a hospital perfusionist (the person who operates the heart-lung machine during an open heart surgery).  Well Joe’s boss, a surgeon, yelled at Joe, cussed at Joe, shook his fist and threatened Joe’s job. Joe got sick.  Literally sick.  As in having to go to his doctor and get anxiety medication, dreading every single work day morning type of sick.

Joe didn’t just turn the tables on his boss, Joe freakin’ flipped the tables over.  Here’s how:

The Bully-Boss Surgeon
Joe Doescher’s “boss” was a cardiovascular surgeon named Dr. Daniel Raess. Dr. Raess behavior included yelling, screaming, and swearing at Joe with “clenched fists, piercing eyes, beet-red face, [and] popping veins.” The final incident ended with Joe 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
Joe felt like Dr. Raess damaged Joe’s ability to do his job, his ability to interact with his wife and family, and caused him to suffer from anxiety. Joe was even diagnosed with a “major depressive disorder,” a “panic disorder,” and an inability to focus.

Joe Strikes Back
So Joe filed a lawsuit against Dr. Raess, alleging that Raess was a “workplace bully” who assaulted Joe and inflicted emotional distress. Joe’s lawsuit went all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court, who were keenly interested in the testimony of Joe’s expert witness, Dr. Gary Namie, the nation’s leading Bullying Expert.

The explosive result in this case made national headlines, but don’t settle for a sound bite explanation. See for yourself how Joe Struck Back, and how the result directly affects YOU.

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

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Comments

  1. marinusthoen says:

    Question:

    Can an employer legally confiscate or dispose of employment related personal documentation, including employee evaluations, workshop and conference attendance, certificates showing continuing education units, etc., without notifying an employee about this prior to the handling of the documentation or giving him the opportunity to retrieve this documentation.

    I would appreciate someone’s opinion about this.

    Thanks: Marinus

  2. No, they shouldn’t be destroying and documentation that is part of your employee file.

    I suggest you get a copy of your file, then make a list of all the documents you think are missing.

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