According to the experts "people who are good at their jobs, are popular with colleagues, speak out against unethical behaviour and are intolerant of hypocrisy are often targets of bullying."
In the spring of 1988, while I was still an agency-supplied temporary paralegal at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, I was assigned to a conference room on the firm's second floor. Across the hall was the office of a foul-mouthed partner named Bruce Mendelsohn, Esq. All day long I could hear him across the hall in his office talking in a loud voice, using obscenities.
One day Bruce Mendelsohn walked out of his office into the hall, and I took the opportunity to confront him. Mind you I was just a temporary paralegal and Bruce Mendelsohn was a partner. I chastized him about his language. I thought his behavior was shameful and inappropriate.
Well, don't you know, a brief time after I spoke to Bruce Mendelsohn, I got a telephone call from my direct supervisor, Maggie Sinnott. She told me I had to work overtime that night. I had the suspicion that Bruce Mendelsohn had "run to mommy" and told Maggie Sinnott about the big, bad paralegal who spoke out of turn to him. I should have known that someone who used the language that he was used to using would lack the integrity to take his chastisement in a professional manner. Yes, I have a history with bullies.
In any event, Leonard Sagot, Esq. (of Sagot & Jennings in Philadelphia) would have been proud of me. Mr. Sagot despised obscene language.