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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Mizzou Scholars Available for Labor Day Coverage

August 29th, 2017

Story Contact: Liz McCune, 573-882-6212,

The views and opinions expressed in this “for expert comment” release are based on research and/or opinions of the researcher(s) and/or faculty member(s) and do not reflect the University’s official stance.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For more than 120 years, the first Monday in September has been dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The modern workplace is complex, from the nuances of employment law to managing one’s career while avoiding undue injuries and stress.

The University of Missouri offers the following scholars with various areas of expertise as you work on stories about the U.S. workforce:

  • Mentorship: Daniel Turban’s work explores mentorship and has found companies and individuals benefit when workplaces encourage and support mentoring relationships. Turban is a professor of management and chair of business and economics in the Trulaske College of Business.
  • Workplace values: Jung Ha-Brookshire has studied the importance of corporate sustainability and the disenfranchisement that can occur when employees and companies don’t have sustainability values that align—particularly among millennials. Ha-Brookshire is an associate professor of textile and apparel management and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.
  • Sexual harassment: Debbie Dougherty specializes in organizational communication and is widely recognized for her research on sexual harassment. Her work explores the relationship between power and organizations, particularly as related to gender, emotions and social class. She is a professor in Department of Communication.
  • Employment and labor law: Rafael Gely is an expert in employment law, labor law and labor relations, and his research primarily focuses on the regulation of labor markets. He is director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and James E. Campbell Missouri Endowed Professor of Law.
  • Repetitive motion injuries: Jay Bridgeman, M.D., is an orthopaedic hand surgeon at MU Health Care who is an expert in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the most common work-related injuries across nearly all industries. He can discuss how to avoid injuring an individual’s hands while performing repetitive motions at work, including typing. Bridgeman is the chief of the division of upper extremities and an assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the MU School of Medicine.

For interviews with these or other Mizzou experts, please contact Liz McCune at (573) 882-6212 or