Downs reports about "an increasingly popular weapon against whistleblowers: the psychiatric reprisal ... Across the country, companies have seized upon concerns about workplace violence to quash dissent. Hundreds of large corporations have hired psychiatrists and psychologists to advise them on how to weed out 'threatening' employees ... But by drawing the definition of 'threatening' as broadly as possible, they are giving themselves a new club to bang over workers." For example: Ford Motor Company electrician was barred from the factory and sent to a psychiatrist after he complained that he could not do his job because many of his bosses were taking equipment out of the plant to work on their homes or personal businesses.
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