Another suicide from workplace bullying

We’ve reported before on suicides from workplace bullying. We’ve learned of another one:

Graham Gentles was driven to suicide after a walk of shame in California

Gentles

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Graham Gentles was a 22-year-old in Pasadena who committed suicide on July 18, 2014 after Target store management allegedly accused him of stealing, handcuffed him, and paraded him through the store in front of both customers and coworkers. Gentles jumped to his death from the top of a hotel just three days later.

During the abusive humiliation and shame tactic, it is alleged that “police forcefully grabbed him, emptied his pockets, and pulled his hat off,” explains ABC7. Meanwhile, a shocked and confused Gentles had no idea why police were arresting him. Police took Gentles into custody, released him the same day, and never charged him. Gentles told his mother he never stole anything.

Allegedly, an argument between Gentles and a coworker at a bar outside of work hours may have prompted the incident. The coworker made the allegations of theft after the argument.

Other Target employees suspected of stealing report a similar “walk of shame.”


 

If you live in Massachusetts, call your Massachusetts state legislators and ask them to support Senate Bill 1013 to make workplace bullying and mobbing illegal.

If you live outside of Massachusetts, visit HealthyWorkplaceBill.org for information on how to make workplace bullying illegal in your state.

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