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Workplace Bullying: A Bonanza for Lawyers But Employees Bear the Brunt

Boxing gloves businessman happy.Incidents of workplace bullying have risen significantly since 2014 and with compensation payouts at an all-time high, lawyers are reaping a bonanza but employees bear the brunt, with affected individuals left isolated and underserviced.  

Workplace bullying isolates and traumatises the very best employees (usually women) and even the largest settlements aren’t enough to cover the losses incurred by those affected.  

Having spoken to a number of individuals whose settlements exceed $400,000, they’ve told me that even these sums weren’t enough to cover the financial, mental and physical health losses they’ve endured over several years.  

Often they end up as emotional paraplegics, with their psychological injuries so severe that they’re unable to leave their homes and will never be able to work again.  

They’re so badly affected that they’ve completely lost trust in other human beings and rely only on pets for companionship.  

Our society has an “out of sight and out of mind” attitude towards them and no one cares or understands their situation enough to offer the right kind of support.  

Furthermore, people affected by workplace bullying have been stigmatized by the Australian Human Resources Institute chairman, who should know better, but has been quoted as saying: “It’s a new variant of chucking a sickie that people can get a long time off.”  

It’s also dismaying that health professionals often lack the specific training required to help and although well-intended, may suggest remedies that do more harm than good – for example, mediation with the perpetrator, which has severe detrimental effects according to research by Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute.  


I’ve been studying workplace bullying for many years and I want to give you the help you needed to recover from your ordeal, find your confidence and restore your sense of purpose.  

As such, I’ve spent the last year developing a new and innovative online program for recovery from workplace bullying called “Walk Away From Work Stress.”  

It addresses important issues such as rebuilding self-esteem, dealing with overwhelming emotions, developing effective communication strategies in hostile workplaces, managing crises and taking back control of your work life.

The training comes available in early January to relieve the anticipatory anxiety you may feel about going back into a hostile work environment after a holiday break.  

If you want the training, you can join my waitlist at: to be the first to receive it — but I’ll also be supporting you with other great resources before then.

Workplace Bullying: A Bonanza for Lawyers But Employees Bear the Brunt

Sophie Henshaw, DPsych

Dr. Sophie Henshaw is a clinical psychologist in private practice with over 20 years' experience. She loves helping mid-career women who long to get away from hostile workplaces and bad bosses. She believes with a little imagination, escape into a free-spirited life is possible. Dr. Sophie is the author of two books: "Stressed, Depressed And Dreading Mondays" and "What Every Target Of Workplace Bullying Needs To Know." She's appeared on Channel 10, 6PR, HuffPost Live, PsychCentral, Women's Agenda, NineMSN Health, Rebelle Society and Witch. She's a regular Huffington Post contributor (under her pen name). For more, visit:

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Henshaw, S. (2018). Workplace Bullying: A Bonanza for Lawyers But Employees Bear the Brunt. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 18 Dec 2016)
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