“The mobbing syndrome is a malicious attempt to force a person out of the workplace through unjustified
accusations, humiliation, general harassment, emotional abuse, and/or terror.
“It is a ‘ganging up’ by the leader(s) - organization, superior, co-worker, or subordinate - who rallies others into
systematic and frequent ‘mob-like’ behavior.
“Because the organization ignores, condones, or even instigates the behavior, it can be said that the victim,
seemingly helpless against the powerful and many, is indeed ‘mobbed.’ The result is always injury - physical or
mental distress or illness and social misery and, most often, expulsion from the workplace.”
-Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace, by Davenport, Schwartz, and Elliott, 1999.