What we can learn from the evolution of sexual harassment law to address the power structures that benefit white men

Uncategorized Aug 22, 2021

We know that sexual harassment law has advanced workers' rights, especially for women. But what has it done — and not done — to move the needle for women? How is it enabling those writing the rules to keep themselves in power to cling onto the status quo?

Let's look to Yale Law School's Reva B. Siegel's short history of sexual harassment from her 2003 book Directions in Sexual Harassment Law to get a sense of what work was like before the Supreme Court interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual harassment as discrimination based on sex in the late 1980s. With each step, we'll look at how the history gives us insights for the need for general workplace anti-abuse legislation, the Dignity At Work Act. Workplace abuse has a discriminatory impact on women, non-white workers, and low-wage workers.

The History of Sexual Harassment 

The Supreme Court's interpretation of sexual harassment as...

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Opinion: I worry about the ability to inspire with demands for in-person work

Cathy Merrill: do better.

On May 6, the Washington Post published a piece titled "Opinion: As a CEO, I worry about the erosion of office culture with more remote work" (though originally titled "Opinion: As a CEO, I want my employees to understand the risks of not returning to work in the office." Perhaps she decided threatening her employees for protecting their health was bad optics and bad management.)

Chief executive of Washingtonian Media Cathy Merrill expresses concern over those who wish to continue working from home — "the unfortunately common office worker" — that would make employee advocate and career coach Liz Ryan's head shake.

Here are Merrill's main concerns with keeping workers remote:

  1. "We face re-creating a workplace where a good culture of trust will be harder to build." Merrill lists employees knowing one another through "established practices, unspoken rules, and shared values, established over years in large part by people interacting in person"...
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Is Scott Rudin the next Harvey Weinstein? 5 ways the Rudin situation follows the workplace abuse playbook

This month, Hollywood and Broadway are pulling back the curtain on what's really going on behind closed doors when it comes to worker dignity. And producer Scott Rudin, the name behind "The Social Network" and "No Country For Old Men," is the next mogul to fall from (some) power thanks to collective action — in this case, workers reporting their stories to the media and literally taking to the streets in solidarity in April 22's March on Broadway.

The story broke on April 7 with Tatiana Siegel's "Everyone Just Knows He's An Absolute Monster": Scott Rudin's Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior" from The Hollywood Reporter. As the silence continued to break, and unions demanded action, Rudin eventually apologized.

But advocates demanded more than lip service. They demanded consequences. They demanded that those who've stayed silent for too long stand up to this behavior to save lives.

Finally on April 17 and April 21, Rudin announced he'll no longer be an active...

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Today’s the last day! Check out today’s lineup for the Re-Define Virtual Summit!

Uncategorized Apr 18, 2021


Today's the final day! The first presentation of the last day of the Re-Define Virtual Summit kicks off in 2 hours, and I can’t wait!

Today we're going to learn about:

  • Polyvagal states and workplace trauma recovery
  • Understanding anxiety when you’re a target of workplace bullying
  • Living with resilience
  • Identifying and overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Liberate your soul
  • Find your purpose, start your new beginning

If you missed part of the summit, you can still grab the VIP All-Access Pass for lifetime access to presentations and slide decks plus an exclusive Facebook community for ongoing support or the Power Pack for all of that plus bonuses to help you get into action right away.

Get your free ticket and join us for Day 2!

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We start today! Check out today’s lineup for the Re-Define Virtual Summit!

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2021

Today's the day! The first presentation for the Re-Define Virtual Summit kicks off in 2 hours, and I am SO excited!

Today we're going to learn about:

  • Workplace bullying 101
  • What we’re struggling with when it comes to workplace abuse
  • Inner tools to survive workplace bullying and mobbing
  • Legislating against workplace bullying
  • Stress: what it is and how to manage it
  • What does recovery look like? Rebuilding trust

It's all going to be so good!

Get your free ticket and join us for Day 1!

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The Re-Define Virtual Summit kicks off on Saturday! Don't miss out!

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about it by now, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet: The Re-Define Virtual Summit kicks off on Saturday! It’s your last chance to jump in and make sure you don’t miss any of the presentations!

This totally free event features 11 amazing speakers who are ready to teach you how to navigate and heal from abuse at work so you can live the life you deserve — on your terms. Who doesn’t want that?

You’re going to hear from some amazing experts like career coach Julie Boyer (who had targets COMPLETELY energized at the 2019 Summit), National Workplace Bullying Coalition president Jerry Carbo (who served on the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and authored the Dignity At Work Act), and more.

Each presentation will be available to you live, but you can also get lifetime access (along with access to an exclusive Facebook community to keep the conversation and support going) by...

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Find support and validation after abuse at work. Get your free ticket. We start next week!

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2021


Have you ever attended an online event where the advice was so general that it was only helpful to those who are new to the topic? (And "helpful" might be putting it strongly.) 

I’ve seen my fair share of these, and each one left me frustrated and feeling like I’d wasted my time. 

You need more than general advice if you want to recover from abuse at work. Which is exactly why I made a free event JUST for targets like you.

I know as targets we struggle with things like:

  • Understanding why the abuse happened
  • Knowing what the normal parts of the abnormal situation are
  • Wondering what we’ll do if we experience similar issues
  • Feeling better
  • Living our best lives

Even others who experience trauma don't process the same issues unique to abuse at work. And that's why this free event is just for you.

Over two days, you'll hear from 11 speakers about everything from coping tools to recovery.

And you can get your free ticket!

The summit is completely free to...

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3 mistakes keeping you from standing in your power after abuse at work

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2021


You struggle to get out of bed in the morning. You go through the motions just to make it through the day. 

You wonder, “Does it get better?”

You used to have hope for work and life in general, but you now wonder how you’ll get back to the old you who used to laugh and feel excited. Now you feel stuck in bitterness, anger, numbness, or depression — losing faith in employers and the system that protects them.

I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

I see so many targets in the same place. I festered in a state of bitterness wondering when I’d stop ruminating. It would begin as soon as I woke up. Day after day.

That is, until I learned the 3 mistakes I was making that kept me stuck.

1. Believing I was the problem

When we want the organization we work for to do well — and we’re taught to self-reflect and respect authority — internalizing blame and shame becomes too easy to do. But bullies push their own insecurities...

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3 ways to take your life back after abuse at work

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2021

While it may feel impossible to get back up emotionally and mentally, you deserve your attention in rising again and giving life a big HECK yes. Here’s how you can get there:

Know you’re not the problem

I want you for a minute to replay a toxic scenario at work in your head like a film reel. Watch the tactics the bully uses: what the bully says, how the bully says it, and how it makes you feel.

Now replay the scenario with how you wanted the bully to communicate instead and how you wanted to feel. Were better approaches options? Were better outcomes possible?

You see, once we realize what healthy leadership looks like, we realize the toxic behaviors have nothing to do with us and everything to do with the insecurity and need for power and control from the bully (and the employer enabling this behavior).

Learn skills to put yourself first

Once we’ve been abused at work, we realize just how much our needs matter. We realize that it matters less that others approve of...

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I recovered from abuse at work (and you can too)

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2021

When I worked at a large university years ago, I found myself in the crosshairs of the abuser playbook. A higher-up slowly removed a website project from me (the entire reason I took the job) with no communication of poor performance. She tried moving my work onto a grad student, creating a committee to guide my work, and badmouthing me at meetings — all after months of praising my work. When I reported the problem to the head dean, he swept the problem under the rug, insisting that “it would work itself out.” (Huh?)

So the abuser retaliated. She gave me a written warning for not following a procedure — one that didn’t exist.

Not knowing where to turn to make the abuse stop, I went to HR to share my story. But the HR rep only asked how SHE (the bully) must’ve felt that I reported her for mistreatment. 

It was then that I realized the whole work culture was toxic.

For weeks, I felt anxious going into work wondering what the next abuse tactic...

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