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VQR Managing Editor’s Suicide Leads to Accusations of Bullying

Did workplace bullying lead to the suicide of Virginia Quarterly Review managing editor Kevin Morrissey?

The recent accusations began flying after Morrissey took his own life on July 30, near the Virginia University campus. What has followed is a questioning of VQR‘s top editor Ted Genoways and the University of Virginia’s handling of the employee, who peers say was clearly depressed.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has outlined the atmosphere in VQR‘s offices in the months and years prior to Morrissey’s death. According to its sources, Morrissey followed Genoways to VQR, but recently was pushed aside during key decision-making. The sources also claimed that Genoways would occasionally berate Morrissey behind closed doors.

Morrissey complained about Genoways to the University president, ombudsman and the human-resources office, says his older sister Maria Morrissey. Then in mid-July Genoways sent an email, telling Morrissey to work at home because of unstated “unacceptable workplace behavior.”

Genoways denies ever bullying Morrissey, and said Morrissey’s “long history of depression caused him trouble throughout his career.”

However, Morrissey’s family is considering their legal options against UVA.

“What I heard was that Ted Genoways had been a workplace bully to Kevin for three years,” said Morrissey’s sister Morrissey. “He was a bully to everyone in the office, but he picked out Kevin as his particular target.”

What a sad tale. To read more, check out the Chronicle’s full report.

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