Daily Archives: October 22, 2009

Kansas congressional candidate sued for creating hostile work environment

Ann Rollins Johnson, the former director of the Salina Housing Authority in Kansas, filed a lawsuit against congressional candidate Alan Jilka for allegedly making sexual advances towards Johnson and then trying to get her fired for refusing Jilka’s sexual advances

Congressional Candidate Alan Jilka

Congressional Candidate Alan Jilka

The federal lawsuit, filed on October 13, alleges that Jilka subjected Johnson to “severe, pervasive and ongoing sexual harassment by and through a hostile work environment based on her sex or gender because she would not become involved romantically” with Jilka.

Alan Jilka is a former Salina mayor and city commissioner who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Kansas congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jerry Moran.

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Workplace bullying costs UK economy £13.75 billion a year

A report conducted by Dr. Sabir Giga from the University of Bradford last year found that the fallout from workplace bullying costs the British economy £13.75 billion each year. 

In addition, bad bosses contributed to about 100 million days in lost productivity, as employees in a hostile work environment are more likely to miss work because of stress-induced psychological and physical illnessWorkplace bully victims are also more likely to become distracted from their daily tasks and often suffer from a loss of motivation.

Ann Gibson, Chairperson of the Dignity at Work Project, said: “As a society we are paying too high a price for bullying.  Employers that ignore bullying do so at huge costs.”

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