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Date: November 04, 2008

Workplace Bullying Focus Of Conference

Bullies aren’t confined to the schoolyard—they’re becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. The vicious cycle of bullies, bullied adults afraid to report the behaviour, and complacent bystanders leads to devastating consequences.

Two of the world’s foremost authorities on bullying will be in Victoria this month to speak about combating bullying and psychological harassment in the workplace as part of the “Creating Respectful Workplaces Conference” at the University of Victoria. Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, will speak at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 and Dr. Gary Namie, co-founder and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute will speak at 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Both presentations are open to the public but tickets are required.

A panel discussion on bullying and psychological harassment will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12. Panelists will discuss root causes and remedies for harassment and bullying and creative ideas for changing workplace cultures. This session is free and open to the public. The lectures and the panel discussion will all be held in the David Lam Auditorium in the MacLaurin Building.

The lectures are sponsored by UVic’s Equity and Human Rights Office and the Canadian Union of Public Employees at UVic. More information at http://web.uvic.ca/eqhr/conference08.htm

Due to limited seating capacity, tickets for Coloroso are available only in conjunction with tickets for Namie. Individual tickets for Namie are available. All tickets are available at the UVic Box Office at 250-721-8480 or online at http://auditorium.uvic.ca.


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Media contacts:
Gary Namie at 360-656-6630 or namie@workplacebullying.org
Barbara Coloroso can be reached through Satomi Morii at 1-800-729-1588 or Satomikawi@aol.com
Amy Loggin (UVic Equity & Human Rights) at 250-721-8488 or aloggin@uvic.ca
Doug Sprenger (UVic CUPE) at 250-812-8484 or dsprenge@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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