Bullying, Mobbing, Reprisals and Whistleblowing Resources

(Please contribute by suggesting useful sites in the comment area below. Links to this site are appreciated.)


Entry to Tim Field’s wonderful site dealing with Bullying, Mobbing and Reprisals
An encycopaediatic site covering an enormous body of knowledge on Bullying and Mobbing.
There is a useful and detailed though different ‘contents’ and ‘site-map’ area at the end of each page.
Sadly, for bullying to exist it must be at least passively tolerated by the most senior
managers including human resources. That means there is actually not much that one can do. 
But one must learn and understand what it is that is happening to one.
Bully on line
Another entry point to Tim
Field’s site.
Tim Fields book, Bully in Sight: How to Predict, Resist, Challenge and Combat Workplace Bullying
One of the best books for a bully target (victim). Sadly one will still lose.
The book is so packed with information that it will be difficult to find the information again when
you need it. Buy the book, use a pen to underline or draw a big box around important parts,
and stick post-it-notes on these important pages, so you can find the information again when you need it. 
Peter Hyatt’s insightful review of Tim Fields book, Bully in Sight
Peter Hyatt sums up the essence of bullying in reviewing Tim Field’s book.
Gary and Ruth Namie’s site – open at the law page and navigate from there
There is no law against bullying in the USA nor Australia. Generally going the legal
route will leave you broke. This page discusses the options. The Namies have lobbied hard
in the United States for laws against bulling. They have published a book, Bully at
Review by Brian Martin of 10 anti-bullying books
Also a portal to Brian Martin’s Suppression of Dissent Webpage


Shooting the Messenger

An excellent description of what happens during mobbing. But without mentioning the word Bullying or Mobbing.

Dr Heinz Leymann’s pioneering site on Mobbing
Dr Leymann first recognised a human social
behaviour called Mobbing.
As a psychologist he treated many
hospitalised victims of bullying and mobbing.

The Wikipedia site about Dr

Kenneth Westhues’
huge site on mobbing 
Kenneth Westhues is a Professor of Sociology. He has worked and published extensively on
the mobbing of academics (university and research staff).
Kenneth Westhues’ more general Home
Mobbing Portal. Gateway to the scientific study of ganging
At the Mercy of the Mob
A short
examination of Mobbing by K Westhues.
The Wikipedia site
about Kenneth Westhues
The site has many
mobbing and bullying links.

16 Signs of

Summary of the WAMI
for the 2004 Conference on Workplace Mobbing.
Animal Mobbing
Wikipedia site
explaining Mobbing in terms of instinctive animal
vs Mobbing
The differences
and similarities between bullying and mobbing.
Bullying vs
Heinz Leymann’s
discussion of the terms bullying and mobbing.
psychology experiments
Milgram showed that many humans will behave inhumanely if encouraged by an authority figure.
This may explain the disproportionate influence a ‘chief bully’ has during mobbing.
Later experimental variations showed that a bystander who spoke out
against the behaviour had a powerful influence in stopping the behaviour.
Teaching bystanders to speak up may be a useful means of reducing bullying, mobbing and
The Stanford Prison
One of many sites discussing the Stanford
Prison Experiment. Behaviourally it showed how the perpetrators group together
(mob) and how the targets are disempowered. At one level this is an example of the evolution
of mobbing.

European Experience

Victimization at work, Swedish law.url

Dealing with bullying at work – the
Norwegian lesson 

Search Results mobbing


Australia Inc

The Australian
Whistleblowers organisation. Many whistleblowing resources.
Just Fight On! Against workplace
bullying and abuse

The blog and
home for GAP (Government Accountability Project). Protecting mainly
USA whistleblowers since 1977.
GAP appears to
be a very professional organisation with a creditable record.
The Corporate
Whistleblower’s Survival Guide

A very clear
and informative guide to Whistleblowing. Don’t do anything until you
have read this book. An absolute must read.
It may be
that most bullying and mobbing in the workplace is in fact either a
reprisal for ‘outing’ improper behaviour
or a
pre-emptive strike reprisal against someone who it is feared might
expose those behaving improperly.
The guide was
written by senior members of GAP, mentioned above. Can also be obtained

The illusions of
whistleblower protection

There have been
some changes to the law since this article was published in 2002. In
2011 the law still ultimately fails to protect whistleblowers. The
protection is retrospective and may or may not be conferred by the
Court, investigation of the complaint is not mandatory, managers are not
legally responsible or liable for any reprisals, the whistleblower
cannot disclose to an independent source including the media in a timely
manner, etc
Suppression of Dissent
Portal to Brian Martin’s Suppression of


Other Resources

Home of Dob in a
Australasian Legal Information
Institute (AustLII)

BBC- One Life – Personal –
Bullying – Further Information

Bullying and Harassment at Work –
[2002] HotTopics 2

Bullying at work – Social life –
Relationships – Homepage – Connexions Direct

Bullying of Academics and
Circulars & Information
Do You Bully
Have You Been Bullied at Work –
Well Blog – NYTimes.com

Mobbing and multistalker
harassment in Australia
The Mobbing
Workplace Bullying – The Drs.
Namie – US and Canada

Workplace Bullying
http–www.qwws.org.au-filestore-OWOL Papers-PDF-Hartig and
Frosch paper FINAL.pdf
Prevent bullying, violence,
harassment, mobbing and abuse in the workplace.

Resources by Topic Overview of
Workplace Mobbing

Search Results mobbing
VISTAS 2006 Title
Workplace Bullying Institute –
Legislative Campaign

Workplace Stress Caused by
Bullying at Kingston University

Please contribute by suggesting useful sites in the comment area below.

Links to this site are appreciated.

Last edited 9 July 2011

Whistleblowing can be good for everyone (except the badies).

The only standout success as a law for whistleblowers is the United States ‘False Claims Act’.

Whistleblowers can go to a lawyer and file a claim in Court. The claim is for the value lost to the Public (taxpayer) by fraud, corruption or incompetence in the public service, plus the penalty.

The total penalty under the False Claims Act is treble the value of the fraud. The whistle blower gets 15% to 30% of the penalty. The government gets the rest.

The US government has recovered one Billion US Dollars a year since 1986.

The Washington Post published today that the law is to be changed to include fraud in companies regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The controversy is whether the employer or company should be alerted by the whistleblower before filing the claim in Court.

The problem with forcing the whistleblower to go to the employer or company first is that whistleblowers are more frequently subjected to reprisals and destruction of their careers by the employer than they are to be valued. Their careers are often destroyed by bullying and mobbing. Employers appear to be more likely to ‘cover-up’ the fraud than they are to applaud the whistleblower.

There appears to be too great a conflict of interest for an organisation to regulate itself. Regulation needs to be external.

Hopefully Australia will embrace a law similar to the False Claims Act. Although intended to addresses fraud, it appears that it can be used to address the waste of taxpayer’s funds through negligence or incompetence as well.