Abusive Bosses

No one deserves to go to work each day and deal with their version of Thomas Harvey. He was the notorious high-level male manager at the National Education Association’s (NEA) Alaska affiliate who subjected three female employees to daily verbal abuse, profanity, and physical intimidation. He’d been known to shake his fists at women, grab their shoulders, and come within striking distance. What’s worse? His company stood behind him, promoting him to executive director despite the women’s complaints. But in 2001, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against NEA-Alaska, and the $750,000 settlement awarded sent a powerful message: Workplace abuse targeted at women is unlawful and will not be tolerated.

Written by: Renee DeFranco

Renee DeFranco is a freelance writer in Philadelphia.