When we think about bullying, we typically conjure up images of kids on the school playground or hallways. But a high-profile act of adult-size bullying this week thrust the issue into the national conversation. And the story carries several lessons for HR.
What happened? Last month, Jonathan Martin, a rookie offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, mysteriously walked away from the team for "personal reasons." This week, the news broke that he did so because a teammate, Richie Incognito, allegedly bullied him mercilessly on several occasions. It's alleged that Incognito, who is white, left a voicemail for Martin, who is bi-racial, which included a racial slur and threats of violence. Incognito apparently also forced Martin to pay nearly $15,000 to finance several Dolphins players' trips to Vegas. Apparently, Incognito says he did this because coaches told him to "toughen up" Martin. Now the NFL is investigating, and lawsui...(register to read more)
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