David Yamada, Suffolk University

Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Harassment: Demographic and Diversity Perspectives
David Yamada


Winter 2019
Lecture Time: 
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 

R0220 Ross School of Business

Introduced By: 
Maira Areguin


This talk will examine bullying, mobbing, and harassment at work, with an emphasis on demographics and diversity. It will briefly sketch out some basics, a sort of “Workplace bullying 101.” It will then look at the demographic and diversity dynamics of these behaviors overall, especially pertaining to aggressors and targets, especially in the context of organizational cultures. Finally, it will take a closer look at gendered aspects of bullying and related behaviors at work, including (1) linkages between bullying and sexual harassment in the midst of the #MeToo movement and (2) complicated issues of bullying-type behaviors between women at work. Plenty of time will be reserved for comments and questions.

Recording & Additional Notes

DAVID YAMADA is a Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse. He wrote the first comprehensive analysis of workplace bullying and American employment law (Georgetown Law Journal, 2000), and he has authored model anti-bullying legislation (the “Healthy Workplace Bill”) that serves as the main template for law reform efforts in the U.S. David’s most recent major publication is Maureen Duffy and David C. Yamada, eds., Workplace Bullying and Mobbing in the United States (2018), a two-volume, multidisciplinary book set featuring over two dozen contributing authors. His Minding the Workplace blog enjoys a global readership. David is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

Reading List


Deborah Becker and Martha Bebinger, “The Legal Differences Between Sexual Harassment and Workplace Bullying,” Bostonomix, WBUR-FM (December 2017) – Interview with David Yamada, available at:

David Lieberman, “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying,” Los Angeles Times (November 2017) – Op-ed piece linking sexual harassment and workplace bullying, available at:

David Yamada, “Female-to-female workplace bullying: Homespun theory on an imperfect storm,” Minding the Workplace (April 2011) – Blog post exploring dynamics of workplace bullying between women employees, available at: