I have served as an expert witness several times in bullying-related cases. Though abusive conduct – workplace bullying – is legal in the U.S. (with the exception of a few pockets where it is illegal) I have been asked to testify in cases where the Plaintiff’s attorney thought workplace bullying was a pertinent topic to bring into the case. I have also written letters for workers’ compensation claimants regarding the physical and psychological damage workplace bullying causes in order to help them win their cases and receive financial support.
I am an internationally-recognized expert on the topic of workplace bullying, the impact it has on the organization and its people, and the proper steps needed to effectively eradicate it. I served as a subject matter expert in a case against one of the largest retailers in the world, and twice against two different government agencies. I was able to educate the Court on the nature of bullying and how it can impact targets of the behavior and the organization. I have ensured defendants in these cases understood they can’t get away with allowing bullying to occur without repercussions.
My strength as an expert witness comes from my ability to support claimants’ assertions of abuse and resulting damage using 30 years of national and international research on the topics of workplace bullying, abusive conduct, incivility, toxic work environments, and abusive leadership. As a consultant in the field for ten years and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), I understand how organizations work and what can be done to stop workplace bullying. I have published articles in a variety of industry trade magazines and several mainstream news venues, and co-authored the book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work. It was hailed by international business and leadership expert, Ken Blanchard, as “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying.
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“After twenty three wonderful years with a government agency in a job I loved and a outstanding work performance record, my career was turned upside down by the most awful, verbally abusive supervisor I have ever encountered. As a result of her egregious behavior I became physically, mentally, and emotionally ill to the point that my doctor recommended that I retire or suffer more severe medical complications. With my health in immediate danger I chose to retire five years earlier than anticipated.
As I went through the workers compensation process, every agency employee and doctor I encountered told me that I would never, ever succeed because work stress cases in CA are almost impossible to win. Even my attorney had his doubts that we would succeed at trial. Just when things appeared hopeless, my husband read an article in the newspaper about Catherine Mattice of Civility Partners, an expert in workplace bullying, and he decided to contact her on my behalf and the results were amazing!
Before Catherine got involved in the case workers comp denied my claim and absolutely refused to negotiate. After reviewing all of my documentation and medical records Catherine put together a detailed, expert witness report that completely changed the course of my case. Several weeks later I had a large settlement check in my hands and a feeling of personal and professional vindication.
If you are being harassed, threatened or verbally abused at work and don’t know where to go for help, contact Catherine Mattice at Civility Partners. You will be glad you did!” Cindy Taylor