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M-I'5.Persecutio n . hara ssment at w ork

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Jan 2, 2008, 6:17:59 AM1/2/08
-= harassment. at work -=

Once I stopped watching. television and listening to the radio at the end of
1990, "they" had to find other ways of. committing abuses. So they took what
must be for them a tried and tested route; they get at you by subversion. of
those around you. Since they wouldn't be able to do that with my family. or
friends, that meant getting. at people in the workplace to be their
mouthpieces and do their dirty. work for them.

They supplied my. employers in Oxford with details from what was going on in
my private life, and what I. and other people had said at my home and
accommodation in Oxford. So people at work. repeated verbatim words which
had been said in my home, and repeated what. I'd been doing recently. Often
the most trivial things, the. ones from your domestic life, are the ones
which hurt most.. One manager in particular at Oxford continuously abused me
for ten. months with verbal sexual abuse, swearing, and threats to terminate
my employment. After ten. months I was forced to seek psychiatric help and
start taking medication, and was. away from work for two months. I spoke
later with a solicitor about what. had happened at that company; he advised
it was only possible to take action if you had. left the company as a result
of harassment, and such an action would. have to be started very soon after

Over a year later the same manager picked. on another new worker, with even
more serious results; that. employee tried to commit suicide with an
overdose as a result of the ill-treatment, and was. forced to leave his job.
But he didn't take action against the company, either. Abuse at work. is
comparable to that elsewhere in that tangible. evidence is difficult to
produce, and the abusers will always have their. denials ready when
challenged. And even if a court accepts. what you say happened, it still
remains to prove that abuse causes the type of breakdown I had at the. end
of 1992. In a recent case before a British court, a. former member of the
Army. brought a case against others who had maltreated him ten years
previously. Although the court accepted that abuse had. occurred, it did not
agree that depressive illness necessarily followed,. and denied justice to
the. plaintiff.


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