Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has served as a workplace bullying expert witness several times in bullying-related cases. Though workplace bullying is legal in the U.S. (with the exception of pockets where bullying is illegal) she has been asked to testify in cases where the Plaintiff’s attorney thought workplace bullying was a pertinent topic to bring into the case. She has also written letters for workers’ compensation claimants regarding the physical and psychological damage workplace bullying causes in order to help them win their cases and receive financial support.
Catherine is an internationally-recognized expert on the topic of workplace bullying, the impact it has on the organization and its people, and the proper steps needed to effectively eradicate it. She has helped claimants who filed cases against one of the largest retailers in the world, and several government agencies, educate the Court on the nature of bullying and how it can impact targets of the behavior and the organization. She has ensured defendants in these cases understood that they can’t get away with allowing bullying to occur without repercussions.
Catherine’s strength as an expert witness comes from her ability to support claimants’ assertions of abuse and resulting damage using 30 years of national and international research on the topics of workplace bullying, incivility, toxic work environments, and abusive leadership. As a consultant for ten years and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Catherine understands how organizations work and what can be done to stop workplace bullying. She has published articles in a variety of industry trade magazines and several mainstream news venues, and co-authored the book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work. It was hailed by international business and leadership expert, Ken Blanchard, as “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying.
Check out Catherine’s webinar with Dave Carothers, of Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, and Claudia Schwartz, HR Consultant. We talk all about AB 2053 and what it means for employers.