Thrown Under the Bus: The Rise and Fall of an American Worker is a heart-wrenching true story written by Teresa Zerilli-Edelglass. It spans 19 years of legal battles brought on by harassment, discrimination and bullying by her employers with the New York City Transit. The book is a strong testament of what can happen when the American dream becomes a nightmare.
The bullying that Zerilli-Edelglass faced left her with a slew of physical illnesses and emotional scars. She also experienced a mountain of legal challenges to her rights to compensation for the injuries she suffered in the workplace. In the book, Zerilli-Edelglass describes in painstaking detail the mistreatment she received, all of which fits in with behaviors typically displayed by workplace bullies. Examples include:
- Denial of promotions
- Social isolation
- Unfair discipline
- Being forced to work in dangerous environs
- Retaliation for filing complaints
The reader cannot help but to be outraged by the behaviors of the employers as it becomes clear that the mistreatment led to overwhelming harm to Zerilli-Edelglass's health. In an effort to make her employers accountable for their behavior and the damage they caused, Zerilli-Edelglass sought help through the few legal avenues that were available to her. The ensuing legal battles led to financial problems as well as further health problems. Zerilli-Edelglass ends the book with strong opinions based upon her personal experiences with lawyers, doctors and bureaucrats.
The book provides a clear view of the workplace bullying issue and the need for better protocols for handling complaints of harassment, discrimination and bullying. The author shows that current ways of dealing with this issue are antiquated and ineffective. Readers take away the message that targets need remedies that truly make them whole again and able to peacefully move on with their lives after being subjected to workplace abuse.