ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Mueller's strategy-based, political successes as an attorney in employee related cases are a matter of public record in the highest courts in California, including the following cases ordered "published" as legal precedent by those courts. 

COLEMAN V. DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (1991) 52 Cal.3D 1102.

Mueller convinced the California State Supreme Court to require public employers to provide employees with a due process, Skelly-type hearing prior to terminating ("automatically resigning") them for allegedly being absent without leave for five consecutive days.
Employers primarily used these "automatic resignation" processes to vacate positions held by disabled employees who were on extended leave. Disabled employees are now entitled to a "Coleman Hearing" before the employer takes formal action and where they can present medical evidence of their continuing disability and thus save their jobs. 

CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

(1998) 198 Cal.App 374

Mueller convinced the California Court of Appeal to prohibit any employer from making unilateral, unauthorized deductions from any employee's paycheck. Previously, and without comment to the employee, employers simply deducted from the employee's paycheck any money the employer claimed he was owed, such as for an alleged wage overpayment from the past or for alleged damage to equipment. Now, employees get fully paid while their employers must proceed in the same fashion as any other creditor, either by reaching an agreement with the employee or through judicial trial and wage garnishment procedures.

CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

(1987) 271 Cal.Rptr. 734 (de-published)

Mueller Convinced the California Court of Appeal to strike down a state "underground" regulation which created new grounds and additional criteria for disciplining employees beyond those established as law by the Legislature. The California State Supreme Court later decided to let the winning ruling stand but ordered the Appeal Court's opinion de-published (and thus no longer useful as precedent in other cases). 

Robert Louis Mueller, J.D., is an experienced writer and former employee-side attorney who won precedent-setting cases on behalf of employees in the highest courts in California. He is the author of the narrative non-fiction, Bullying Bosses: A Survivor’s Guide (How To Transcend The Illusion of the Interpersonal), which won glowing international press and peer reviews, as well as numerous widely reposted articles on that subject. Among other projects, he is currently working on his book Sociopaths As Villains: A Writer’s Thesaurus (1,001 True Tells). It is developing into a massive tome as is appropriate to reference books and particularly appropriate to the complexity of this subject matter. But it still needs a lot of work.

 

Coming up from the trades and heavy industry, Mueller has always been pro-employee. When he first became a union-side lawyer representing employees in 1983, sexual harassment cases were a basic part of his high-volume case load. That soon broadened to include cases of employees who were being bullied in the workplace generally, culminating in the publication of his Bullying Bosses book in 2008 – a step-by-step guide helping employees document and so understand and thus strategize around negative workplace events foisted on them through no fault of their own. Along the way, Mueller became an expert on the “bad guys” a.k.a. bullies, abusers, harassers, violent criminals, stalkers, sociopaths, villains….

 

Even then, Mueller understood that abusive bosses are, at their core, “narcissists” (DSM-5, 301.81); they are people lacking a capacity for empathy (LCE). They simply cannot connect with others personally so they rather obviously do not understand a lot of what is going on around them. Essentially lost in the world and thus not having the option of becoming leaders, 301.81s customarily adopt phony personas as substitute for heathy, pro-human personalities. In the workplace, sociopathic narcissists become bullying bosses.

 

As an occupational expert, Mueller also understood that psychological terms like “narcissist” (301.81) get very little respect within the production and service missions of most managements. Indeed, when someone in the workplace setting is accused of being a “narcissist”, it is quickly dismissed as an empty insult in such political environments. Worse, in many places and with too many management teams, it is even recognized as a compliment. With all the drama they create, managements frequently applaud and even promote 301.81s who are the very best of manipulators, charming up with uncanny ability, while bullying down. It is common for managers to perceive the narcissists as productive, which is not always the case with supervisors. In truth, all these bullies are doing is creating drama featuring great self-righteousness. 301.81s are not providing production nor service.

 

With Sociopaths As Villains (SAV), Mueller steps back to look at abuse issues globally, seeing the bigger picture. As a reverse-profiling manual, the book assists healthy people in identifying the sociopathic narcissists in their midst, even in the 301.81’s initial charm-phase, so people can take the steps necessary to protect themselves and others from harm.

 

After 30 years in San Francisco, with extended stays in West Virginia, New England, Beirut, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Sevilla and, very recently, Moab (researching his next crime thriller), Mueller has returned to his native Colorado, where he lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains, not far from Boulder. Mueller is a survivor.

© 2018 by Robert Mueller

ROBERT LOUIS MUELLER

SociopathsAsVillians@gmail.com