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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Chapter 7

Management Support

For one software company located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, the harassment and abuse one employee endured was impossible to ignore—the abuser was clearly determined to get Colleen G. fired. After she left him for fear of her own and her children’s safety, he used the telephone as his instrument to try to ruin her life at work. When he could not reach her directly, he left messages on the main line for other employees to hear—obscene, degrading, and vulgar descriptions that were purposely devised to upset and embarrass the victim. Colleen’s abuser hoped to shame her into quitting her job, but she needed to keep it to provide a home and food for her two children. Realizing that a couple of ...

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