Not Just Kids' Stuff

Bullies aren't confined to the schoolyard. Some grow out of it; others just grow older. That's what Christine Truffet-Lefebvre learned from her job at the semiconductor manufacturing equipment firm Nikon Precision Europe. For her first three years as a secretary at a plant 30 km south of Paris, she enjoyed her work — and, she says, the respect of her boss. But after Truffet-Lefebvre, now 45, was divorced in 2000, she says her manager's attitude changed. "For him, the divorce meant that I would now be free to work on evenings and weekends," she says. "When I wasn't, he began to...

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