Kenneth Westhues, Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, has a few websites including Workplace Mobbing in Academe as well as mobbingportal.com which discuss various cases of workplace mobbing, as you may have guessed from the website titles.
After viewing these sites, I came across the Scientific Misconduct Blog, authored by ethical scientist Aubrey Blumsohn, who openly expressed his distaste when Procter & Gamble, a research “partner” at Sheffield University, decided it would be responsible for analyzing Blumsohn’s scientific data and for ghostwriting his publications. Blumsohn experienced mobbing from the university administration after bringing forward his concerns with these practices and as a result he chose to speak to the media about his experiences. Blumsohn eventually left his position with Sheffield, although he reached a legal settlement with the university. This happened a number of years ago, but I thought it was an interesting case.
Since most scientific research has been and continues to be funded by private sources of dollars — I can only imagine how easily these types of scenarios could arise. These ethically challenging situations likely occur more frequently than we think.