26-year veteran County Employee Comments About Tuesday's Agenda Item (Bullying of Employees)
This afternoon at the BOS should be interesting as the public sees, many for the first time, accusations of employee bullying and harassment. These issues are usually hidden behind the closed doors of, "Personnel Matter." Adding to the mystery is the unknown amount the County pays out in legal settlements each year. Even the amount of the legal settlement fund itself, is a secret.
In what may be the worst-kept secret of the county is the decades-long history of county employees at all levels feeling targeted and harassed for reasons having nothing to do with job performance. The situation reached such a point just a few years ago that the county voters rejected the heir-apparent in the last Sheriff race and opted for a local man, but with one that had most of his work experience in Amador county, near enough to understand the county but outside of El Dorado County's corrupting influence of internal political struggles. Leading up to the watershed election were several lawsuits against a culture of harassment toward employees with non-traditional lifestyles. In another case, the harassment apparently contributed to one officer committing suicide in 2008.
As the shop over at the Sheriff's office is cleaned up by popular Sheriff John D'Agostini, other serious problems are coming to light. Some claim that there is a systemic problem at the county's offices. At 2:00 pm today, Oct 29 2013, the Board of Supervisors will hear the public step up to the microphone to tell of their own experiences and maybe expose some problems that can be eliminated.
The following is a sample of the kind of testimony that may be heard later today. It is a Public Comment regarding workplace bullying in El Dorado County by a 26-year employee.
10/28/13 Edcgovus Mail - Agenda 10-29-2013 ITEM #20 Public Comment
Agenda 10-29-2013 ITEM #20 Public Comment
Ruth Ann Eide <**********@hotmail.oom> Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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Dear Clerk of the Board,
Please include my comments as part of the public record for tomorrow's item #20
To: Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado County
The WBI Definition of Workplace Bullying
Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:
~ Verbal abuse
- Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
- Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done
Definition From The Workplace Bullying Institute
Don't Waste Time Redeﬁning it. Use your time and effort on developing the solution.
Bullying, intimidation, hounding, targeting, prejudicial behavior, offensive conduct exists in El Dorado County government employment. I worked for the county from 1976 to 2002. l witnessed others being targeted and experienced bullying myself throughout many levels of positions and departments.
Authorities up the chain of command that should have helped usually did not. My experience was those in authority were more frequently the offenders or protected those doing the bullying. I am aware of it happening to the timid as well as road maintenance workers. I am aware of incidents perpetrated on the entry level clerk up to Board appointed Department Heads.
I am not sure why this issue is of so much importance now. I hope it's not just another meaningless proclamation or catch phrase. l hope it's not serving only one segment of the workforce. This should have been stopped many years ago. You can't ﬁx what happened over the past years but you can make a stand now with zero tolerance and a united and consistent front on this issue.
Not one of you can back down. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. The persons found to be in violation should be ﬁnancially responsible, not the taxpayers paying some silent settlement negotiated by counsel no matter what position they hold, elected or not.
This proclamation needs to stand for real protection for each and every employee not just the ones with the power to bring something like this forward. Why not leave a legacy of real positive change for the work force of El Dorado County?
Ruth Ann Eide
... website have accused high level government officials of Bullying, the Board of Supervisors has scheduled a discussion of the issue. ... 2011, Item 11-1184, on the adoption of a policy regarding bullying and workplace violence; 2) Direct the CAO to craft a confidential ...
Admin - 10/28/2013 - 14:58 - 2 comments
... with students in several schools to address the problem of bullying. Bullies engage in actions that are aggressive, intentional, ... and power based. Social gain is at the root of 95 percent of bullying; kids want to be at the top of the social hierarchy because they ...
Admin - 07/10/2013 - 06:34 - 2 comments
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Admin - 10/29/2013 - 09:10 - 0 comments
... Kids, to offer a two-hour inspirational and educational bullying prevention workshop just in time to kick-off the new school year. This ... thinkers who have the courage to break the cycle of bullying and abuse with choices which will contribute to peaceful homes, ...
Admin - 07/23/2013 - 13:56 - 0 comments
... stopped putting up with it. Now I always speak up against bullying. Remaining silent isn't being neutral; it totally adds to the victim's ... stopped putting up with it. Now I always speak up against bullying. Remaining silent isn't being neutral; it totally adds to the victim's ...
Admin - 06/18/2012 - 07:07 - 0 comments