Hostile Work Environment -- 10 Things Bully Bosses Do to Cause Lawsuits (Part II)

Did You Bully Boss Suddenly Fill Your File with Mountains of Paper?
Did You Bully Boss Suddenly Fill Your File with Mountains of Paper?

6. “Papering” an Employee's File

(This is Part II of the Hub "10 Things Bully Bosses do to Cause Lawsuits." If you missed Part I, you can find it HERE.)

The sixth mistake of managers that causes companies to lose lawsuits is papering an employee’s file. Lots of managers hear the mantra “document, document, document, document everything.” I tell that to supervisors when I provide training about discipline done the right way. And when I leave my day job and advise employees as “the Undercover Lawyer” I also tell the employees to document everything. But some managers seem to be under the impression that if they generate 100 pages of disciplinary actions against an employee then there is little chance the manager will get sued, and zero chance the manager will get sued and lose.

Such a manager could not be more wrong.

You see, despite the constant mantra of “document everything,” it is possible for a manager to over document, especially if you have years of positive performance appraisals in your file. What frequently happens is that an employee receives a steady stream of positive appraisals from one manager. Then that manager retires, is transferred or gets promoted. Then a new manager comes in and is red hot to show the world what a great manager he or she is. Suddenly the new boss is putting a steady stream of documents into your file about everything little thing you do the slightest bit different than what the new boss wants (and the new boss can't explain what he or she wants when you ask). And then, bam, the employee is fired.

Looking back on the employee's documented history with the company shows a long paper trail of positive evaluations and no performance problems, followed by an intense burst of negative documentation, and then a sudden termination. This pattern does not look good for the employer or the new manager.

Courts and juries see right through this pattern. It's obvious that the “manger” can't manage at all, but is just some bully who is determined to get rid of you. This new manager/bully is really just “building” a case against you by over-documenting trumped up infractions and sticking every possible negative piece of paper into your file. There are strategies for stopping these gung-ho bully bosses before you lose your job, but all those strategies are outside the scope of this Hub and take up so much space that I put them into a book. For the purposes of this article, you should know that “papering your file” is not some foolproof plan a bully manager can use against you. In fact, it's not a smart move at all and will only help you, the employee, prove that the real problem was the new manager and not your (proven over the longer term) ability to do a good job.

7. Being Rude and Mean Spirited

Yes, being rude and mean actually is a bad thing for bosses. I know it sure doesn't appear that way to many people, who feel like bully bosses get rewarded by company executives for ruining the careers of regular people. But consider this: the bully boss does not come across well in court.

An employer can have the best case in the world, but if on the witness stand a supervisor comes across as a rude, insensitive jerk, then the jury simply will not want to depart from the golden rule. The jury will not do unto you what they would not a jury to do unto them. In other words, the jury is not going to want to bring back a verdict where the jerk wins and the kind, every day employee loses everything.

Juries will almost always side with the person with the most sympathetic story, who also comes across as being honest and not fake. And it doesn't matter all that much what the law says, and I say that as a lawyer.

I know this happens. The lawyers on both sides know juries act this way. That's why defense lawyers put on seminars for managers and tell the audience “Sure, it's not illegal to be a jerk, but it's not smart. Your employees can't sue you for being rude, but if you are rude it will help them win the discrimination and harassment claims that they can sue you for.

So look at this point and spin it around; an angry vindictive employee will not get the sympathy of the jury, even if that worker WAS discriminated against. That’s why it’s so crucial that you always come across as the reasonable, levelheaded employee who was trying all along to do the right thing. Even if your boss isn't taking this advice (especially if you boss isn't taking this advice) you should.

Employers Hate it When Cocky Bosses Run On at the Mouth
Employers Hate it When Cocky Bosses Run On at the Mouth

8. Careless Statements to EEOC Investigators

Number eight in the manager mistakes that cause employers to lose lawsuits is careless statements to EEOC investigators. Yes, managers get interviewed by EEOC investigators after you file a claim with the EEOC. Managers often will spout off, vent to the investigator and say all kinds of careless things. You can bet that you can use those against your manager later in court. It’s a great strategy, a way to see what your boss's “side of the story” is, and get your boss respond to you before your boss brings a defense attorney in for help. You will get an unfiltered version of your boss's story, and you can use it against him or her later on in court, or immediately in the EEOC case.

This is a secret way to get raw facts out of your employer, and you should use it to your advantage. And again, this trick is so powerful that defense attorneys go around training their clients to be really careful, to not respond to the EEOC on their own, and to always get company's attorneys involved early. If you boss is cocky enough to believe that he or she is always in the right, then your boss may be just the type to make all kinds of statements to an EEOC investigator that having nothing to do with your performance and make it look like you were terminated or retaliated against for nebulous, suspect reasons like “not a team player,” “attitude,” or “she just wasn't a good fit for our culture.”

If you were fired with little or no warning, your boss screwed up.
If you were fired with little or no warning, your boss screwed up.

9. Firing Employees Too Fast

This is one mistake that managers often don't realize they are making, even if all the employees can see that it's a mistake as plain as the sun in the summer sky. The boss doesn't try to improve the employee’s performance (in other words, doesn't “manage”) and it makes the boss appear insensitive and potentially discriminatory. Employers who take a long time to try to improve a negative situation with an employee, and who can show gradually increasing discipline over that time period are the ones who will look better in court. Juries like it when it looks like the employer went well beyond the minimum legal requirements and tried everything possible to “save” the employer-employee relationship, but despite the boss's training and coaching the employee just refused to do the work. THAT is the protocol which good defense lawyer train managers to follow. But again, the reason “firing employees too fast” is on this list is because it is one of the things bosses most frequently get wrong.

While “at-will” employment is still the rule (“at-will” meaning it’s not illegal to terminate at any time), firing employees too fast does make employers look bad. So if you’re someone who was fired right away when a new boss came into your department, or you were fired with no real warning, then that will be one strike against the company. You should explore other areas where you might be able to build on that foundation and develop a good case that you termination was not, in fact, legal even under the “at-will” employment rule.

Don't Know Your Rights?
Don't Know Your Rights?

10. Lack of Legal knowledge

Over and over managers, especially the bullying type of bosses, who are not close to HR think they know the law. But actually they don’t. For instance, the ADA changed dramatically as of January 1, 2009. The COBRA laws also changed dramatically. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is another very powerful tool that bosses and even H.R. people don't completely understand.

So if you take the time to learn your workplace rights and master the laws that your boss doesn't understand, then YOU will be the one who is doing what defense attorneys say the managers should do. It's you, and not your boss, that will be way ahead in the game.

What happens when a bullying boss doesn't know the law? In that situation your attorney will be able to argue to the jury that the company should know the law. The company (meaning your boss) will be held to a high standard, which is why the company's own lawyers are saying “If you don't want to lose in court you need to learn the law.” Employers should be constantly keeping up on what the new laws are and how to apply them. This is not unfair, it’s just part of being an employer in America.

If your company or your boss doesn't bother to learn the law and just acts like “I'm the boss and what I say, goes” then the negative effects of making legal mistakes will fall on them, not you. So keep up on the law. Stay a couple of steps ahead of your bullying boss. Hopefully I’ll be able to help you do that in an engaging, straightforward and even sometimes entertaining way that is easy to understand.

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Dutch Lady 7 years ago

I have a friend going through the Bully Boss deal right now. This is super info for her!

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

Sorry to hear about your friend, Dutch Lady, but glad that these Hub's can help her. Give her my best. -Curt

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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous hubs, UL. Informative, well-written and very, very interesting. Keep writing on this stuff. It's good.

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

Thanks for the encouragement, Irohner. I just might print your comment out and paste it to my monitor.

Erick Smart 7 years ago

As an employer having legal knowledge is essential. Either learn laws and regulations yourself or keep a lawyer on the payroll.

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author


So true, yet so infrequently practiced. Glad to hear you stay on top of these laws. Keep it up.

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

I've just finished reading three of your 'bullying bosses' hubs - with all the great information about what an employee may do to protect themselves! I will have to share this with my daughter, who is in such a situation -a 'good worker' who evidently makes 'others' look bad. I thought 'they' just piled it on because they didn't want to do the work themselves! Ha! Wonderful needed tips here, so thanks much for sharing!

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

You're so welcome Frogyfish. I hope this info helps your daughter at her work. I have more free info that you can find by checking out my profile.

Lynn 7 years ago

I bought the e-book and there is alot of great material, but I cannot use any of it because I cannot get into a protected status. I am a white female over 40 and so is my boss, but I am getting frustrated with her incompetence and her rolling over for a supervisor and basically take their side and discipline people for crap reasons. I was one of those people 3 weeks and without warning get a write up of the 2nd Level, which means next time I am fired. We just had a co-worker fired last week for an even more crap reason and it was because of the supervior and her crony throwing my colleague under the bus. My write up I believe is also an attempt to throw me under the bus. HR was no help and I cannot find one thing to get them on and fear that I will be next in line.

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Reynolds_Writing 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very interesting, detailed and helpful hub. Also like your Hub User name.

govt. employee 7 years ago

As a govt. employee who has had numerous whistleblower cases--which I initially won, only to have them overturned by a crooked administrative body--and EEO cases for taking away a disability accommodation that was initially granted, do you have any helpful information for govt. employees. The govt. knows they have all the taxpayer money in the world to keep fighting to bankrupt commplainants, and they have the crooked EEO judges and administrative review bodies on their side, and then they just get "deference" from the Circuit Courts. All your helpful advice doesn't work when they system is corrupt, and govt. managers have our taxpayer money funding them to drag things out and appeal until they do find a crooked judge or administrative review body. That is also why they have fought so hard against whistleblower reform with jury trials, which might slightly level the playing field. The public doesn't realize how this silencing of govt. employees wastes their tax money, and puts them at risk from environmental, drug, and other dangers.

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

Lynn, You CAN find a protected status based on your actions. Don't limit yourself to "fixed" classes like gender, age, and race. If past actions don't cover you, take covered actions today or Monday. Since you bought the book feel free to email me direct about this.

Reynolds Writing, Since you have "writing" in your name I'm especially appreciative of your encouraging words!

Gov't Employee, It sounds like you have had some very frustrating experiences. I've worked with numerous gov't employees, and they do actually have some extra protections compared to private employees such as due process rights, free speech rights, and a lower bar for whistleblower claims. I hope "the system" where you are gets cleaned up and cleaned out. Sounds like it desperately needs it.

Rick49 7 years ago

Really important topic and helpful information for people who experience these problems. Thanks! Just linked to it from my blog.

lady1st 7 years ago

I was personally insulted in public by the president of my company in the monthly management meeting. He made comments, in his typical feel-free harsh joking way, that nobody wants to sit next to me because I smelled bad, which I think is ture as I do have chronical bad breath and is a very embarassing painful fact for me. All colleagues laughed loud and joked around for a while. It disturbed and hurt me badly but I tried to control my anger without walking away. I have been recognized as a very capable empolyee and got promoted unprecidentally even I expressed intention to resign twice. But emotionally my experience with the company has not been a pleasant one and always feel isolated and misunderstood. Today's incident made me believe it has crossed a line that I should stand. I was thinking to confront this with the president tomorrow. I really have no motivation to work with the company any more. Can you tell me if I have a legal base to get compensated for the damage done (emotional, mental, self-esteem and reutation).

One other thing that I have problem with this company is that they really don't respect and protect employees privacy so kind of encourages gossips. To me, it just lacks basic moral and integrity.

thank you so much!

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

Rick49, Thanks for the compliment and a big thanks for the link! Really appreciate that. I joined your "fan club".

Lady1st, If you confront the president it should not be because he was rude or mean. You should state that your breath is a medical disability, and you feel is is discriminating against you because of it. Then, if he continues, you would have a legal claim. But you need to phrase it that way. See my other Hubs to understand why.

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Theo Selles 7 years ago

Excellent suggestions. I wonder about the "Firing too quickly" one. Isn't it to an employer's advantage (and their right to protect overall organizational health) to fairly quickly identify and get rid of obvious underperformers? That's why we have probation periods isn't it?

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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA Author

Hi Theo! On "firing too quickly", even probationary employees are covered by anti0-discrimination laws. So, say that a probationary employee who is female and 50 years old is about to be fired. There's no documentation about her performance being poor. She's never been warned. She's never been coached on how to improve. But she has been told that she's the same age as the manager's grandmother. Then she's let go without warning. What does it look like?

janet 7 years ago

My boss makes it a point to make my life miserable..It is a female boss, she is very friendly with a coworker, let go on trips together, eat lunch together, etc...she always so's favorites, me on the other hand, i am the stepchild of the bunch. She is always making rude comments, and always talking down to me....and belittling me in front of everyone....She makes me miserable...

barbarilla 6 years ago

I am a government employee who is constantly bullied by my bosses from the lowest boss to HR. I expressed my concern by documenting the harassment of my fellow co-workers hoping my boss will protect me. My boss always turns me over to HR who started accusing me of the things that is being done to me, including insulting me and changing my documents and forced me to sign and was treated like I was in a court room. Instead of solving the problem, they protect the bullies who formed alliance and support their lies and deceit. My boss believed everything they say. The lead bullies are males who are very abusive verbally and emotionally. They are power hungry, bad mouthed me to their clients, friends, and outsiders. I am a very responsible and very honest employee but the boss and HR cannot see that as the bullies act and talked nicely when the boss is around. They attacked me at all sort, isolate me and make rules on the fly just to contradict everything that they see in me. What is my right and do If have a legal recourse? Thank you for all the great information.

barbarilla 6 years ago

Can you sue gossipers who never stop destroying your name?

Ivy008 6 years ago

I worked in a dental lab for over 10 years, dependable, hard working etc.. I put up with the office manager-computer guy going out of his way to blame me for others mistakes, harass and belittle me in front of others in the lab and go as far as physical confrontations with me over 8+ years, Just over a year ago he took over ownership of the lab. He has called me into his office four times for disciplinary actions for no reason other than his own entertainment. Now I have been fired as of 1/21/10 and in researching my rights as an employee I have found that as an "At Will" employee and being a straight , white, male I have NO Rights as an employee! I have talked to Prepaid legal services and several other employment lawyers and nobody will take my case. I have witnesses who will back my claims. Medical records that can verify my need for medications for stress and anger. Also footage of my ex boss making physical attempts to start a fight with me on my last day when I was being fired! SO, you can tell me all about my rights as an employee but I have been wronged by a complete jerk for a boss after working on a career for 10+ years and it seems it is within his LEGAL RIGHTS to ruin my life!!!!! It seems the hostile workplace laws just cycle back to the discrimination laws. Hey ,just go find another job, Right !

BulliedBabe 6 years ago

Ivy, you are not alone. As a straight white female, am in the same situation. Though I have not been terminated, yet.

Your words are overflowing with the same degree of anger which I am experiencing.

In all my years of working, I have NEVER experienced being bullied nor harassed. Was always deemed an excellent employee.

Suddenly I have issues which could, if not rectified, lead to termination? The worse annual evaluation in my career?

Not enough wrong doings for a lawyer to even take a consult.

Am frustrated, feel degraded, and extremely depressed.

Hard working, devoted, honest employees should not have to endure the wrath of power happy, dysfunctional bosses and managers.

I, for one, will not play the "victim" role and will educated myself as much as possible and stand up for my ETHICAL RIGHTS no matter what it takes.

Keep the faith all.

God Bless.

Vivienne 6 years ago

My bully boss smacked me in the arm three weeks ago, and yesterday I was fired. Concidence? I think not....

GC 6 years ago

The job market is not good leaving me to stay at my current job. I need help, I have access to a lawyer if needed. My boss is crazy, he has hit me in the head with his hand, sparyed with an air can (dust away type),tells me to shut the hell up, calls me Barney 5, always talks down to me. I recorded him (for my own records)a month ago talking to a shift lead about how @#ucked I am, I have a friend who works with me who is always telling me that he is always saying rude, negitive remarks...I wish I could find another job! He even told me he would not say anything good about me if another job called for a ref. He has worked for the company for 20 plus years, and I have never been written up up for nothing. I do my job because I have bills. CAN I DO ANYTHING?

angie b Haywood 6 years ago from warsaw indaina

Thanks for all your advice I have learned a lot in the last 15 minutes. Concerning my rights in the workplace.

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ocdgirl2000 6 years ago from Olney, Maryland

Thank you for giving me back my CONFIDENCE! Now I know how to use my wording to my management EXACTLY right, at exactly the right times, when it suits me. Yes, there is still workplace bullying and unfair work treatment. But I can still use my rights to my advantage, and KNOWING them is 99% of the battle! Thanks to you and your forum, I will remain updated at all times! Thank you again!Lynne.

Michelle 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this information. So what can I do now? I have the situation where I was great on my performance evaluations and then write up, write up, fired! I have a personal relationship with one of our funders and she shared information with me and they fired me out of fear that I would share back things that would put us out of contract.

Joseph 6 years ago

This hub has been very helpful. My wife has been bullied by her manager for several years now for using FML leave. He has admitted on several occasions that he does not like the FMLA. Her manager, along with his supervisor tried to keep her from reapplying for intermittent FML by having her 'work from home' on those days. Then a PIP was sprung on her at her last yearly evaluation. This was after a year of asking her manager (in regular 1 on 1 status mtgs)if there were any performance issues she needs to address...the answer was always no. Her performance evaluations Her last last six month evaluation

katy 6 years ago

I am going through a terrible situation right now and this has helped. I am on medical leave for health problems that were only made worse by the harassment. I cry and this all the time (when I talk about it) and am actually afraid to go back to work. I dont think I am even strong enough to deal with one day back.

Wish me luck

Moe 6 years ago

I have an employee who challenges every single assignment I give her. She was transferred to me 2 yrs ago because she had problems with her previous Supv. I have submitted write ups to my Mgr., but he never responds to them and have actually claimed he did not receive a few. He recently told me HR lost the draft write-ups. I had a big verbal altercation with her recently and she claimed I got in her face in a confrontational manner. I requested my Mgr. to either transfer her or me out of the office because I feel she is going to attempt to file a lawsuit in the future and is just setting things up. Other employees in the office have expressed to me its too much tension and stress in the office and no longer want to work in the office. The Mgr. has refused to transfer me or the employee out of the office. Any suggestions.

Frustrated 6 years ago

How do I find or get a copy of Hostile Work Environment -- 10 Things Bully Bosses do to Cause Lawsuits (Part I)

mylifesucks 6 years ago

I've worked 20 years for the golden state which lately it isn't too golden. I've been subjected to bully type management since I started there two years ago and within these two years we've had a turn over of complete staff TWICE. Upper mgmt is completely blind to what is going on and the public needs to know how much money this is costing the state to train new employees. I have a health condition and my boss was able to obtain my medical records and is now after me with a vengence, so much for those freaking HIPAA laws. The best part about all of this when I talk to EEOC, unions, etc., they say to contact Personnel and file a complete - now are you ready for the punch(in the gut)line - The beast of a boss is the Personnel boss! So I've decided I'm not going to get any results or help from anyone and will probably lose my job. My spouse says don't worry about anything but reality is reality and sooner or later our marrige will be in the tank as well, I've decided to just say I'm done completely and I'm going to be walking away from everything, including my kids. What good of a parent am I, if I cant provide for them anyway? My character as an employee is pretty much "dirt" and the job market well, lets just say we are still waiting for that "hope & change" to occurr. I've never hated someone so much in my life it is hard to describe how their bullying can destroy you as a person. I have no hope left AT ALL! And yes I have tried EVERYTHING and when the boss controls everything, you might as well just quietly disappear.

jo coleman 5 years ago

what to do when bully boss in a federal employee?

aimee 5 years ago

Question-hope someone can answer-i was employed for over 3 years w/nothing but excellent reports-I filed a formal complaint against my boss for actions she was preforming against company policy and primarily against the law-within 3 weeks she had me out the door-basing every single time i was slightly late as her reasoning and using that to give me 3 write ups in my file-company policy for termination-here's the problem-i was on an expempt salary and my work schedule was flexible-with most days being there for over 12 work hours straight-never did i miss any time and never did i fail to work a 40 hour week or better- falls into the articles category for sure-amongst others-but how does this work when it was the same boss w/a sudden grudge?

Richard 5 years ago

Undercover Lawyer is right about all the points made in this article. I am encouraged to hear that anti-bullying statutes are being considered in the U.S., although it is already MANY years overdue, and I believe U.S. business interests will fight such legislation to their dying breath.

I had a good job history, with no problems at work (nothing I could not handle), until a few years after taking a job with the Postal Service. The first few years went well, but at some point, like someone switching on a light, I became a target for intense, Serial-style bullying by almost all managers I worked for, and for over 20 years, it took a major toll on my health and attitude. The Unions they had there were of little or no help to me - the Union bosses were only too glad to let me keep taking the heat, so it would be off them, it seemed. So, I had to fight all my own battles, did so successfully, and retired after 30 years, with a ton of attitude and merciless criticism on my lips for USPS Management. Without ever being able to get at the bottom of why I was treated this way, the only explanation that makes sense (and, the only one voiced openly to me by my co-workers) was that I was "too nice of a guy". That alone, and not my work record or performance, seems to have been 99% of the reason I was harassed. Lesson learned: follow your Gut...when you suspect you're being targeted for Bullying, fight back immediately, with everything including the kitchen sink. Make it as expensive as possible for them to continue doing their evil work upon you.

Natasha 5 years ago

I have read all of this and it is very useful! I've got a bigger case to uncover now which had happened to me. Im not sure what should i do next because i don't have witnesses because most of all the employees are also in the wrong, (doing drugs and alcohol on work grounds). But i wasn't not in part of any of those things. I'm out of state trying my best and instead of saying how great I've done i get a threat letter and fired for no particular reason.

Linda Duckworth 5 years ago

I really need help with my mental abusive boss. I have taken action trying to get something done about the boss. I am not the only one that has reported her and investagation is being done. I need to get out of this hostital inviroment. My blood presure had went of the wall because of her it affecting my health my doctor has been informen and she said it is causing me to much stress. I need to get transferred out of there. It is causing me to miss work cause i cant work in that inviroment. Please i need help so bad. I can explane futher if i could talk to some one.

blue79 5 years ago

I work in a hairsalon, and we are independent contractors, of which she makes our hours and days off on a schedule, and everyday she brings in her grandchildren to work, one is 6 and the other is 4, and all the do is run around with the ipad recording customers, hitting us while we are cutting hair, or even the have hit the clients, Make a mess sweeping the hair, and if the owner/grandmother is busy with a client, we apperentally assume responsibility of the children. It is not professional at all, nor is it fair. Then our boss will leave for a couple of hours leaving usually just one of us in the salon to cope with everything, such as walk in clients, our appts, answering the phone, running the tanning, and cleaning the tanning beds, all because she doesn't want to have a receptionist on during the day, but it should be her responsibility one way or the other, since these are all her decision. It takes us away from our clients and they get annoyed. How many people would want to come back if this keeps up? Please help. She now has set up the WII in our break area, which is super small to begin with, because the kids are off for the summer. Now we are out of a break area, only because its only big enough for 2 people at a time. I will look forward to any advice. We are despirate, and losing our mind. We are almost to the breaking point.

myboss'spincushion 5 years ago

My boss has been harassing me for months now. I keep shrugging it off & look at tomorrow as a new day but its always something else. If she isn’t making my life miserable she is another woman in our department. There are 2 men within the 7 of us & they are treated like gold, miss numerous amount of days and no disciplinary actions taken.. their work load is easier, no call no show which by company policy calls for automatic termination "guess what" you got it.. nothing said! I miss 1 an 1/2 days an I was wrote up with no warning. It's been getting bad past 4 months since I made a move and complained of her getting in my face within inches, I step back she steps forward back in my face. ask me why I wear the clothes I do. They are to tight " I am big busted" notices I have new jeans because they are tight on my butt! I have followed the chain of command in complaining about the way treated. told our boss, our boss's boss, the plant manager " taking a risk" even 1 of the owners. Just when I thought eye’s were opened & promised something was going to happen nothing has & its even gotten worse to where I keep getting scratches/damages to my car " that I cant prove"... I live in a small town with 2 little girls that I am raising by myself & there is no jobs. I know you cant answer my prayers, but can you please guide me with advice to help this nightmare end?

Billy 5 years ago

I work in a hostile environment, caused by my supervior.

I work for the state government, the supervisors are union employees can they be sued for bullying and harassment, and discrimination?

jenn 5 years ago

thank you so much my son is going through the same thing. getting excessive write up. you have answer my prayers. please pray for my son he is stressed, high blood. he cant afford to lose his job. he will seek legal action with eeoc.

Didntknowthat 4 years ago

Going threw this now with my new of 2 months direct supervisor. I live in Fl so the "at will" definition was helpful. From your article it seems as if I am in a hostile environment. I am exposed to constant badmouthing of other supervicors, gossip,complaints, slamming thinqs on the desk and the draws. Complaining about her job. Her attempts to get another co worker fired and what she is doing to accomplish that, constantly telling me how there are "more qualified people looking for jobs so I had better be careful" I hear about her personal health issues daily and much more. When I go to her with issues directly relating to my completing my job she tells me shes too busy to assist me, it seems to me that this is what a supervisor is supposed to do,,,right? I have been with my company 1.5 years, never had a write up, no missed work for unjustified/approved reasons and these comments bother me. I went to HR earlier this month and she seemed to calm down but I had to go back on the past Friday because she as gotten bad again. I am just wondering if the few things I have mentioned fall into the category of "hostile environment"

wntmoretime 4 years ago

i have a bully boss now and thanks for the tips and reminders

fed up employer 4 years ago

My husband and I own a small construction business in California. We have a few employees who like to cause trouble or take down the bunch. They are given direction and do not follow it. Then they do things wrong, send finished products to clients that are incorrect when they should have asked for assistance. My husband and I get so frustrated, but if we raise our voice or vent out of frustration we get complaints that they are stressed. How are we supposed to handle this? The frustration is not because of their race or gender. It is because they are displaying actions that they do not care about their job which shows they don't care about the success or failure of the company.

Thelittleguy 4 years ago from Michigan

I am so glad to see a site like this. Myself and wife both work in same place. A new manager has been hired and is trying to push all older employees out only because they liked the other manager.We do nothing wrong but always seem to be in a stress situation. I have been documenting everything and almost ready for attorney! After reading your list i am amazed to see that almost every 'Example' has/is happening to us right now! make matters worse it is a 'Private Club' whos members are all foreign. The abuse from them is ridiculous! Please help.

letstrytofindsolutions 4 years ago

I personally think that human resource personnel should have a governing body over them (that is enforced not a voluntary organisation that they can join) and when they help management not deal properly with bullying situations we should be able to make a complaint about the individual(s) and they should have their name mentioned on a public website to name and shame them.

letstrytofindsolutions 4 years ago

Thank you so much undercover lawyer. This will help reduce bullied people's legal bills which is one reason why it is difficult to stop workplace bullying. Much appreciated.

Jo Coleman 4 years ago

I am looking for an attorney willing to go up against the federal/military/army/civil service for supporting a hostil work environment which resulted in medical problems for me. Got plenty of documentation and my come to pass as a class action because I am not the only one at the military installation/medical command.

SheTazPanchi 4 years ago

Wow, what an eyeopener, just got fired 4 days ago after 18 years at the same job, I still can't believe it, will file a grievance and go from there.

mavric240 4 years ago

My boss called me a fat ass and was screaming so loudly that I thought his head was going to explode. My manager told me if I did not like it to find another job.

CharlieB 4 years ago

What a great site! Pity it's American, as I'm having similar problems in the UK. We are frequntly told if we don't like it **** off and work elsewhere, comments made abouth other team members in their absence are awful, and so it goes on. Our guy is ignorant and disruptive, then when he's wasted your day, hw wants to know why things aren't done. Had a go at me but I've raised a grievance, and now I think they may use it to get rid of me. You just can't win

ladicee willskin 4 years ago

i am so hurt right now i am watched all the time when my new boss came there was no friendly environment i spoke and the boss would not speak back boss constantly looks and watches every move it feels boss is out to get me on purpose been on my job for a while never had a problem like this one until this boss came i been call into office to me for petty things in which to me was a setup to mess me up i been accuse of things i have not done tried to explain to boss i did not do what was said i did boss said they did not believe me boss gives me letter and i did not know what is what about the next day to meet in office to say what happened no matter what is said it did not matter now human resource has me down for something i did not do boss has me down for disciplinary action in which i am so bothered by it to me it is messing my name up and making my record look bad just because the boss can do that i did not have time to understand why for i really did not know why and what i had done boss said someone else said i did what i did and they dont work with us yet she believe the other person because of what they said i ask God to help me i feel like people can just walk all over me and i have no rights to any thing even when telling the truth it still get twisted i am not favorable i am treated as a leftover on the job to be use when others have choices to do and i don't in the office the administrators have such nasty attitudes and the boss is standing right there here's them and does not correct this at all it is so muchi pray for my name to be cleared and for a miracle from God i want out of this disciplinary action i am trying to find help so much i don't know about my rights in this situation

not known 4 years ago

I must say this was a great article and I have learned a lot from it I am going through a lot that is posted on this page and feel that it will be informational for my case that I bring against the company I work for. The great thing is that I have never received bad reviews the past 4 years I have been at the company. I have never had an issue until the manager was brought on board. I have gone through the private criticism, she gives assignements and never follow up on them until she is ready for retailation and more.....etc I have paper trail out of this world on the manager and including the temper tandrums she throws like today 02/29/2012 where she tells me to get out of her office and she does not want to talk about the situation which it was unprofessional to me and I addressed it. She got a bigger attitude when I did. my back is against the wall because I don't know where to turn I am a black female whom values my job and has always done so.

samurai 4 years ago

If enough of these bully bosses are confronted and sued, there will be a law

Michellefedup 4 years ago

I was terminated about a week ago and now I am at my whits end. I started a position about 6 months ago with little training, in fact, on the first day the staff left me in the office by myself. I have years of experience in my field. I have been written up several times for various reasons (not doing task correctly when I've never been properly trained). I have been bullied by upper management who often reprimands me in front of other employees. I have asked this particular manager if there is something about me that may rub her the wrong way that I need to change. Her reply was of course no. My boss would often sit at my desk and wait for me when I arrived to work each morning (i consider this harassment) and then she wrote me up and told my that I need to be more punctual (i arrived at my reported time and went straight to work that day) Our office would often have meetings and lunch dates and would not invite me to them. I am well liked by my co-workers they would often say to me "why don't you just quit, because they treat you so badly. I went to HR only after my manager locked up my computer as a way of reminding me that I need to lock it when I leave my work station. My computer was locked up for about a week since they didn't know that she had done to it and could not fix it right away. My co-workers have apologized on management's behalf and told me to keep my chin up, but it makes me feel degraded, incompetent and disrespected being treated like this. I know that I was a target for this particular boss and later learned that she wanted her friend for this position prior to my being hired. I don't know where to turn, since the documentation that they have suggest that I had very poor performance. I don't know what to do at this point!!!!!!!!!!

dr. bernhard rosenberg 4 years ago

What is workplace violence?

Most people think of violence as a physical assault. However, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It is any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated or assaulted in his or her employment. Workplace violence includes:

threatening behaviour - such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.

verbal or written threats - any expression of an intent to inflict harm.

harassment - any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person and that is known or would be expected to be unwelcome. This includes words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.

verbal abuse - swearing, insults or condescending language.

physical attacks - hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.

Rumours, swearing, verbal abuse, pranks, arguments, property damage, vandalism, sabotage, pushing, theft, physical assaults, psychological trauma, anger-related incidents, rape, arson and murder are all examples of workplace violence.

Workplace violence is not limited to incidents that occur within a traditional workplace. Work-related violence can occur at off-site business-related functions (conferences, trade shows), at social events related to work, in clients' homes or away from work but resulting from work (a threatening telephone call to your home from a client).

Policy Against Verbal Assault, Defamation, and Harassment

I. Statement of Principles

Intolerance and bigotry are antithetical to the values of the University and unacceptable within the Rutgers community. One of the ways the University seeks to effect this value is through a policy of nondiscrimination, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, or veteran status in University programs. In order to reinforce institutional goals of nondiscrimination, tolerance, and civility, the following policy against verbal assault, defamation, and harassment is intended to inform students that the verbal assault, defamation or harassment by students of others violates acceptable standards of conduct within the University.

Verbal assault, defamation or harassment interferes with the mission of the University. Each member of this community is expected to be sufficiently tolerant of others so that all students are free to pursue their goals in an open environment, able to participate in the free exchange of ideas, and able to share equally in the benefits of our educational opportunities. Beyond that, each member of the community is encouraged to do all that she or he can to ensure that the University is fair, humane and responsible to all students.

A community establishes standards in order to be able to fulfill its mission. The policy against verbal assault, defamation, and harassment seeks to guarantee certain minimum standards. Free speech and the open discussion of ideas are an integral part of the University community and are fully encouraged, but acts which restrict the rights and opportunities of others through violence, intimidation, or verbal assault, even if communicative in nature, are not protected speech and are to be condemned.

Tom 4 years ago

All I'm hearing is there's not much recourse short of letting the stress take years off my life, get fired and spend a fortune sueing them.

Now many states have a "loser pays" laws and you will have to pay for their extravegant defense you could have never afforded. Bankruptcy is limited now so you wll be paying. I'm paying off a second mortgage of $75k I had to take to pay off a medical case I didn't win. My wife's dead and I'm broke. The judges in Idaho are corrupt as hell. Why in the world would they put the trial in the Dr's home town 200 miles from the city he screwed up in 8 years before? Country club politics. Free nation my arse.

Oh, and my work sucks..... Bully boss that talks crap behind people's back, sets people up to fail ect... All the usual apparently from this site. Stressed out, can't sleep, microscoped at work for mistakes - visious circle.


Many students are attempting to take Dr.Rosenberg for public speaking. It is well known that all his courses are immediately filled and at best you can only get in with a special permission number. He rates 4.9 on ratemyprofssor out of a 5.0 and after 24 yrs of teaching as a part time lecturer he is getting the RU screw . Because he is outspoken and does not grade harshly, he has been harassed and bullied by members of the communication Department and he will probably not be teaching at RU again. Suggest you call the communications office if you wish to take public speaking and say you want to take him as an instructor. As students, we must take actions that best suit our academic interest. Dr.Rosenberg will make sure we learn the hands on practical tools for public speaking and has refused to be bogged down with the trivial problems that has plagued academia.Despite service to this university for the past two decades,Dr.Rosenberg's treatment by the department has been appalling Several students even heard A Dean'S verbal assault on Dr.Rosenberg during a meeting. Dr.Rosenberg's insistence on evaluating students based on their individual academic merit as opposed to a subjective departmental curve is in our best interest. Dr. Rosenberg individually caters to the needs of each students and has an unwavering commitment to the success of those he teaches. We must take a stand and let our voices be heard. If we cannot take Dr.Rosenberg as a teacher, we will collectively refuse to take the Public Speaking course.

Concerned Students

fox777 4 years ago

while employed with a company, if you are placed on a final written warning and then resign with the company how long must the former employee wait if they are telling him or her that they are non-rehirable? due to the final written warning? after you have left a company how long do documents as such remain on file?

mikey45011 4 years ago

hey all ive been there worked for local gov 25 years just got out ok ive done the layeres and that held on to the job great layers allright however they just kept coming back with more troubles ok so here's wht i did allright ?dont never fight anybodey ever-what i did was i can smile real strange and donat let nobodey see it when you do it ever and additionalley i could show up at different places were they were and just hang out and act strange hahahahah deeeep weiard laugh im reall creaaaapey hagghagha well i lasted for 25 now retired and let me tell you what they were terified of mee hahahaahahaagh like i said bee carefull but once they get the idea that you have no reason to live and nothing to live for and tell that to the pysciatrist they'll think twice hahahahahaagagahg 4 years ago

Please somebody help me with my boss. She hangs up on me when I call in sick, calls herself the "queen bee" and hates me since I had my daughter- she is unable to have children and broke down when she told me (b4 I had my daughter-and b4 she became so mean and hateful). Now she is writing me up on so many bogus things. I've been with the company 5 yrs with a promotion/she's coming up on one year.

Mooremoore 4 years ago

And I complete all of the tasks related to computer/technical work that she is still unable to learn after a year. She leaves early instead of going thru step by step instuctions on how to do it that I print out for her. She just makes me do it "delegates it to me" but auditors overlook the fact that it doesn't get done on my days off bc the property is doing so great (fairhousing issue!!) bc she also does things her way and not the legal way.. Somebody please help me at if valid. I'm about to quit before I get fired :(

sirroun 4 years ago

I went to an interview couple weeks ago and the question the interview asked if i was a team player ? And i asked what do you mean a team play and did not give me a clue of what she meant. I felt like i was being discriminated this is not a professional basketball interview but a office clerk interview i went to. Please give me an answer was this right?

nobodyknows 4 years ago

my experience is I believe one of the worse.

My boss basically hired me and barely was ever seen after that. He showed up like two days a week only and didn't stay the entire day and never trained me. He sent things in my e-mail box, dropped them in my bin, handed me packages and just said, fill it out and send. He didn't tell me where to get the info or how to send. He made me do all the work that is suppose to be his and he would say "that is what an office administrator for" He used me to basically sit at home and double dip (spend time doing work in another field at work while getting paid for work in our department as if he was there, in two places at one time). lieing. another employee who he likes and is cool with messed on the billing big time and released it to a client and they both basically pretended as if it never happened and then the next day he came at me with it, like he was framing me. I reminded him that I didn't do the project she was on, that she did it and he disregarded.

I had to work in a room with people swear loudly and it was suppose to be an office.

He seemed to avoid me at any coast except to dump his work on me or tell me to do something without telling me where to get the info or how.

I actually worked as an office administrator for billing with no training and was made to do the manager work like (contract agreement packages a mile long...etc) as if I'm him. Then expected to do billing for over ten projects, each project having three engineers and to be billed for 30 days each and each person having like three things to bill for. So you can imagine the word load. We are talking about at least 100 columens of billing just for one project, I also had to file,everything and manually create timesheets for a clients and also handle any business with new hires and a switchboard ringing all day with people expecting thing to be done for them as well, invoices sitting on my desk waiting to be stamped and sent.

It was impossible work load for one person and they knew. I believe they hired me to help them catch up since their girl left in the middle of the month with lots not done and they just planned to keep her own as part time though she made it clear she left cause her new job pay her more and she don't care about the job anymore (she stated this out loud to the boss)

When he fired me, he fired me with a man in the room who wasn't even cooperate or in our department and he escorted me off the premises as if I was dangerous (he basically threw me out). I was always nice to him even though he never spoke to me or cared to train me, even when he fired me. I asked him if he could tell me why. He said three things that were true and I reminded him nicely they weren't, noteing dates and times as proof.

He denied ever speaking to me or me turning in any invoices that he checked for me. Then he claimed clients were complaining, though he never told me and no client ever mentioned to me they had a problem. Even human resource administrator said head supervisor gave me a compliment on my billing done. I'm sure she would have said something about cients complaining to me.

He just fired me with no warning or opportunity to improve or training. He just kept saying, "It is just not working out" which let me know this was a case of discrimination and he had personal reason and there was probably some mobbing going on. I would hear certain people call and he close the door and whisper and laugh.

Once I got an e-mail sent from his mail box (without him knowing, he did by mistake) and the discussion seemed to be about me.

The girl messed up on the projects and over-billed a client, is still there part time and I'm fired and framed for her mistake and both know she did it. He even told her it was cool. I know now they were just going to pin it on me. They are very close.

She comes and goes in his office and they just have careless chat about nothing and she doesn't work or come in unless she feels like it. This is someone who up and quit and said she don't care. She was suppose to train me and when I asked her for help she said, "figure it out"

I contacted the EEOC, and gave their info to them and I'm to file this week. I filed for unemployment to and I expect to get it. Nobody should haft to work with a manager as bad as the one I just worked with.

As said he hired me and barely ever seen after that and when he did, he ate and left without telling anyone and did field work and left me to fin for myself, without any training to use their software to bill or filling out their forms...etc.

I'm working hard to put it behind me cause it was a traumatic experience. I spent so many extra hours teaching myself to use the company on-line website to do my job. It was a nightmare. I pray no one goes through this.

stuart 4 years ago

I work in a private child care facility. My main job is to drive children to and from school. I have been disciplined once on tenuous grounds. I let them get on with it because I need the job. When I was told that I was going to be "interviewed" I was told by the owner of the buisness that there would be an independent note taker. When I actually attended I found that the notes were to be taken by one of my supervisors, who I have complained to the owner about on numerous occassions. I have two supervisors neither of whom ever speak to me. I have complained to the buisness owner about both of them. Nothing has ever been done. I have complained about other members of staff. One of whom absolutely refuses to speak to me, even when it is necessary for me to speak to her to impart information. Of the complaints that I have made, nothing has ever been done. I returned to work after a break. By chance I found two presents which had been left for me by clients in a storeroom ( some time previously ). I was not told that the presents were there. One of the presents had been opened. I complained to the owner of the buisness regarding this incident. I was told that my supervisors had put the items in the store, they had forgotten that they were there and they had no idea how one of the present had been opened.

InShock 4 years ago

I have been TEAM BULLIED by my manager and her "pet" worker. They have pushed me over the limit for over a year - I even get yelled at through post it notes all day long on my work. I have complained about this to HR on a number of occasions, and was blown off an told to defend myself. So yesterday I defended myself in a stand up manner no name calling, just relaying to my boss that I don't feel it's fair to attack me like that unitl you hear all sides of the storey. I'm feeling attacked and I don't think it's fair that once in a while I come in her office with a question, I walk out of there feeling stepped on and belittled and still don't have the answer to the question I needed an answer to in the first place. Half an hour later I was being walked out the door with my Notice of Termination. I've worked there 6 years and always have a good review. I transferred to this department last year, and it's been nothing but harrassment and bullying the whole time. I got tricked into working in this department in the first place by my bully boss, lied to, stepped on, pushed around verbally you name it. Even she gave me a good review the previous year - suddenly out of the blue my preformance is awful, and I had no warning.

dr. rosenberg 4 years ago

Sent: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 11:09 am


To whom it may concern,

After countless, phone calls, messages, emails, and letters, to deans, heads of departments, and the president of Rutgers himself, many concerned students and myself remain left in the dark and our questions unanswered. Our beloved Professor Dr. Rosenberg, has been a victim of the anti-semetic environment that has been created and allowed to grow at Rutgers University. Dr. Rosenberg has been facing many instances of harassment by department heads, deans, and leaders for no reason. He has made many formal complaints and reports to numerous departments over a span of many weeks, and the only response he and us students receive are very rude responses that simply say "thanks" and that this is a personnel matter. This is not the way that a prestigious university, the state university of New Jersey should be handling the serious concerns that its staff and students have regarding harassment, more specifically, anti-semitism. It was not until one of the Rutgers university daily newspapers, The Medium, published an article entitled "What About the Good Things Hitler Did?" In this article, the Medium praised Hitler and said he wasn't such a bad guy, The medium used an active Jewish students name, and picture as the author of the article, when he in fact had no relation to the article. This is one instance that was made known due to the severity and availability of the evidence since it was published in a newspaper allowed by Rutgers to be circulated throughout campus. Unfortunately for Dr. Rosenberg, the anti-semtism he faces from the department is not published in newspapers, and therefore is not as easily seen by others. however this does not mean that this serious issue can be ignored. Dr. Rosenberg is one of the only professor here at Rutgers that willingly and proudly wears a "skullcap" every day, clearly revealing his Jewish religion. Also a clergyman, he often speaks publicly about his religious views as well as others. He respects all religions and simply wished that people would do the same for his. Now Dr. Rosenberg has lost his opportunity to teach his public speaking course which he does every summer for over 10 years. He is not getting a response as to whether or not he will be teaching in the fall, and the harassment continues. The fact of the matter is that Rutgers University has created an anti-semitic atmosphere and has let it thrive to the point where students feel comfortable publishing anti-semetic articles in a well known school newspaper. Rutgers University allows this paper to circulate throughout campus just like they allow their main newspaper "The Daily Targum" which refuses to address this issue after numerous requests. Overall, something must be done about the anti-semitic injustices Dr. Rosenberg has and still is facing here at Rutgers University.

As we are in the midst of concluding the Spring Semester, we the students of Doctor Rosenberg want you to know that this has been on of the most enjoyable non pressure, insightful, and exciting courses we have ever taken at Rutgers. Unlike other teachers, through his dynamic teaching abilities and intuitive nature, he instills within his students the desire to constantly improve. He does this not through pressure, numerous papers, constant criticism, but through a magic that he possesses to convey his belief in his students abilities to perform. In short he makes public speaking fun. While we have followed the syllabus he has done so with great humor, intelligence, creativity, and sensitivity. We have heard from other students how unhappy they are in other public speaking classes. How even though they deserve an A, the grades have been severely lessened because of their written work on first drafts. Dr. Rosenberg has made this a true public speaking class. He has corrected out outlines and given us tests but from both we have learned much without stress and pressure. It is beyond our understanding why our teacher should be harassed when he in fact deserves the teacher of the year award at Rutgers.

Sincerely the Concerned Students of Dr. Rosenberg’s class,

Nicole Honey

Jackson Udelsman

Leonora Slatnick

Lucas Blebelberg

Rob Beringer

Ruslana Trytas

Megan Caylor

Justic Brown

Rebecca Sampayo

Prahlad Annamraju

Karina Veliz

Loren Williams

Meagan Robinson

Felicia O’Donnell

Allison Payenski

Camille Handy

Shama Jhaveri

Hyeri Ahn

Lyn 4 years ago

Before anything, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for the exchange of ideas happen in this blog.

I'm just a staff. Working for years with my current organization. My problem is that my direct Supervisor says "I'm Hands-off" with that. She sometimes does not assume responsibility or accountability on me as a staff under her when sometimes I'm requested by another department to give support of work. Besides, my official participation of work with another department is crucial to me since it involves travel all the time.

My second problem is that this Supervisor doesn't admit that she only forgot, missed or overlooked a certain concern. She will reprimanded me once and when I answered, she did not admit her lapses.

My third concern is that her request to reply the Reprimand Letter requires me an Urgent reply. I suppose to answer a certain Letter with enough given time specified time minimum of 24 hours.

Looking forward to hearing to your comments on this.

Thank you.

Ziphie 4 years ago

I have a 54 year old friend who was constantly bullied and harrased by her supervisor in front of all her coworkers on a daily basis. She filled a complaint with her human resource department of such harrassment. Human resources tried to get coworkers to collaborate her story but they too were afraid of her so they remained silent on the situation. She degraded her in front of them on a constant basis. She even went so far as to tell this womans coworkers that they would be firing this woman 2 weeks before it actually occurred. They even told the woman hired to replace her that she was being hired for this purpose. On the day she was actually fired her son from 125 miles away texted her to let her know that a coworker had told him she was going to be fired on that day. She was brought into an office told she was being fired because the company was going in a different direction and that they would pay her severance pay of 6 months but she could never reveal anything about this company (which she worked for 11 years) that she could never talk about this company. Distraught because of losing her job at 54 with no other job skills, she signed the agreement. What recourse has this woman have? She is devastated or town has no jobs availible because of several company closings. She will lose her home. Can anyone tell me how I can help her??

Jennifer G 4 years ago

I had worked for a transcription company for 7 years as an independent contractor and 8-1/2 years as an employee. I was recently terminated for so-called quality issues. The company is nation wide and I worked from home via the internet. All correspondence with my supervisor or quality coaches was via internet (e-mail) or phone. The company was located on the east coast and I am located on the west coast. My supervisor and quality coach lived on the east coast with several hours difference in our working hours. I never got any quality help (as they said I had quality issues with my work and that was why I was fired). I asked for help frequently and never got any help. If I did get answers to any of my questions or concerns it was usually a week later. I felt very alone and very targeted. I was written up for 4 jobs with critical errors, dictated by a doctor I could not understand. I called and e-mailed my supervisor with this doctors name, the date and the job numbers that I could not guarantee were of any quality. I also sent all the the jobs to QA. I was written up for these jobs after the doctor was found to be such a bad dictator that a week later after I e-mailed my supervisor she was so bad she was put on 100% QA which means all her work went to QA before going to the hospital because she was such a bad dictator. (by the way I only found this out a week later after I was written up for her work). The type of work I did was very subjective. I could listen to the dictation and hear one thing and another transcriptionist could listen and hear something else. Of course this was never an option. Also when work was sent to QA (quality assurance) it depended on who checked your work as to what you would be dinged for. One QA person would ding you for one thing and then another would say it was alright. Also the company just merged with another large company and I was recently changed to a new supervisor and ever since I have felt very afraid for my job as I was constantly harrassed for quality. I was required to transcribe or edit voice recognized dictationh with 99% quality 100% of the time. Just before I was written up I passed a quality audity at 99.19% and was stilled audited again right after, because there were so-called descrepancies in my audit and this audit was from 01/2012 and I failed that at 98.39%. So it did not matter if I passed an audit, they would just audit again until I would fail. This is just a small part of the constant pressure I felt during the last year. The previous 15 plus years I had wonderful reviews, got raises when I asked and I was a very dependable employee. I felt I was set up to fail. Now the company is fighting me getting unemployment. What do you think my chances are?

Sam 4 years ago

I'm pregnant. Haven't told the owner of my company yet. She tends to fire new moms after they give birth. She'll say something like we dissolved your role to save money. Of course, what she does is dump duties on other staffers without giving them pay raises. Not sure why she dislikes moms but she says it often that you can't work and have kids. Hence I'm worried to tell her about the baby. What advice do you have? Thank you!!

Theresa Smith 4 years ago

I too was bullied by a new manager of less than a week.He immediatlly told me his first day that my shift would be changed and he didn't care that I take a bus late at night or that my husband is in serious condition; I am his only care giver. My other boss understood as I worked there for over a year with the medical problem. It's a brain injury with seizures. I missed 1 day after the new manager started because my husband had emergency brain surgery removing almost a half of his skull. The new manager told me that was unacceptable and to get my things and leave. He said he wasn't going to tell me when or if I could come back. Then I filled unemployment. I got approved because my employer didn't submitt any evidence on this termination. Then 6 weeks later they appealed and won, based on lies by the new manager and the General Manager. Now I just got a bill from Unemployment Dept. saying I now owe the $1,118.00 I was paid before the appeal. All attnys. want money up front which with medication and just living expenses and no income, I cannot pay. And legal aid said they won't take my case. The new boss was rude to me and they say I was rude to him. This is not true. I am not rude to anyone. My General Manager wrote me a recommendation letter that would have made me employee of the history of this Co. All customers and other managers and employees all loved me and we performed as a perfact team. Until the new manager who also brought his cousin in, not even hired yet but now has taken my position. Not hard to figure out why I was fired! My GM alos at one time had me ask a new women employee if she was pregnant. She was and he told me she could not work there is she was. I felt like a rat but was pretty much ordered by him to find out. She never came back again. Another employee quit the next month because of being treated rudley by this new manager.

The problem is; there is only a 20 day period to file the appeal and without proper quidence and legal help I don't feel confident that it's possible to win this. This is all so unfair and your suggestions are just music to the ears but are they really a feasible solution?

dr. rosenberg 4 years ago

Sent: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 4:19 pm

Subject: DR. ROSNBERG .IF YOU KNOW ANY Part time teachers not renewed have them call me.

1 min ago

By now there is only a very slim chance I will be teaching in the fall at Rutgers. When anyone writes to the Communication department the standard answer is "this is a personnel matter." They have circled the wagons and cannot even remember what they said. First I was told I was not teaching this summer because last year there was not enough of an enrollment. I have enough students to fill a class. Then I found out from the teacher who is teaching my summer class that he was asked to teach a "hybrid." the chairman is paid to communicate with staff; she has never responded to any of my inquiries. We are dealing with egos who will never admit that they were rude or harrassed anyone. As tenured professors they feel they can do what they want. Now the story is that they are reorganizing the department and hiring full time teachers and doctoral students to teach. if anyone is not being renewd e mail me The newspapers will do a story

The union says I have no rights since I am a mere part time lecturer. Go on google and read about the feelings of PTLs vs. Tenured professors. This is no longer about me but rather the principle of the matter. A person teaching for two decades should not be treated like trash. As a clergyman my reputation is well known; I do not lie or tell false stories. Shame on all of them.

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

732 572 2766

wind seeker 4 years ago

my new boss is moving me out of my position for no reason and demoting me to a different position with different hours and won't give me my evaluation that is due and making me sign a paper saying i accept the new position or decline it and has harassed and bulled me for two weeks i need lots of help please

Linda Knight777 4 years ago

What do you do if you do not have an HR department? Is there a way to email you to tell the situation?

DR. ROSENBERG 4 years ago

why was their no investigation? if there are not muslims who put a target on me, prove it, as a faculty member why are these charge ignored. THIS IS A STATE UNIVERSITY NOT A PRIVATE ONE. RABBI ROSENBERG

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, who has been teaching at speech/public speaking at Rutgers without incident for more than two decades, is, according to all reports, the only teacher in his department who wears a kippah.

This year, after the first day of class, he was summoned to the head of the department and berated for using You Tube and Twitter as part of his course and for using his own textbook. He explained these issues (and the fact that he has been teaching like this for years without problems). He is convinced he was denounced by an antisemitic student who was in his class for only one day. Many of his students have written letters to the Rutgers administration and to the press praising him.

One of his students, a practicing Coptic Christian, wrote that he “personally heard it that Rabbi Dr. Rosenberg, who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the Jewish community, is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know this because being a student in his class, I have heard this from students in a variety of ways.”

It was the letter I received from this student (which I included below) which prompted me to write to you.

About a month ago, Rabbi Rosenberg, who has served as the spiritual leader of Cong Beth El in Edison for the past 23 years, discovered from a student that Rutgers was not asking him back to teach this summer—the first time in ten years. The administration did not even give Rabbi Rosenberg the courtesy of a notification, although they did confirm it when he asked them directly. He does not know if he will be given his classes this fall.

The administration, of course, denies that any of this is based on antisemitism. They say it is based on economics. They say they had to let him go. He is convinced he is being squeezed out due to antisemitism.

I thought I would pass this on to you to see if you think there is anything here, or if it is just too nebulous an antisemitic hook on which to hang our hats.

Read the student’s letter below. It’s quite moving.

To whom it may concern,

My name is Mena Beshay, a junior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The

purpose of this email is to inform and raise awareness of one of the most

significant issues that threaten this university. It is very unfortunate that a

university as diverse as Rutgers, does not do enough to protect its faculty,

staff, and students from harassment and persecution based on religion. This is a

very serious issue that I unfortunately witness too often. As part of the Coptic

Orthodox Fellowship (COF) here at Rutgers I have personally been harassed in

many instances by Muslim students. On my way out of COF meetings or events when

walking out with my Priest we will be looked at, pointed at, laughed at, cursed

at, and hear phrased like "Allah we Agbar" or "Salam Aleekom" which are two very

common Islamic phrases. Instances like these unfortunately occur too often on

Rutgers Campuses. I know for a fact, because i personally heard it that Rabbi

Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the

Jewish community is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know

this because being a student in his class i have heard this from students in a

variety of ways. In fact, Dr. Rosenberg's letter to Rutgers which he shared in

class is very plausible. I have never heard of a student that would

intentionally bring a teacher up for charges after one day of class for such a

ridiculous accusation such as using his Twitter page and YouTube, which i see in

almost every class here at Rutgers. The fact that the professor uses his book in

addition to the required one should not be a reason to take him to task as at

least half of the professors at Rutgers do the same. It undoubtedly raises the

question of why Dr. Rosenberg is the one being singled out. Living and growing

up in Egypt, instances like this are all too common for me, it is clear that

someone intended on destroying him based on his religion and beliefs. he is one

of the most popular teachers on campus and it is impossible to get into any of

his classes from how much students respect and admire him. His public speaking

class is one that i am eagrly waiting to attend because it is one of the few

classes I actually enjoy and learn from. i am not Jewish , I am a Coptic

Orthodox Christian and I can verify there is anti-semitism on campus, and that

Rabbi Dr. Rosenberg.

Concerned Student,

Mena Beshay

BSO 4 years ago

Michael Silverman 4/21/2012 10:36 AM

TMK Staff -

As a result of coming to work this past Saturday and finding only one employee attending the shift, I am writing this email to remind you of your responsibilities around scheduling. The schedule noted that six people were supposed to attend.

1. If your name is on the schedule, than we expect you to be here. It is each staff member's responsibility to keep up with the paper schedule. The paper schedule is distributed for your review every two weeks, otherwise you can ask a manager to retrieve it for further review.

2. Do not expect anybody else to do this for you. If you wish to adjust your schedule and cannot do this in a timely manner, you must email all managers of these changes, so that we can correct the paper schedule for you.

Additional topics:

1. Calling Out

- If you are sick or if something unavoidable prevents you from attending a shift, it is reasonable to request a 24 hour notice. Same day cancellations need to be called in and reviewed by a manager. Each case is looked at individually, with consideration to the staff member's attendance history and reason for cancellation. Texting or emailing this information on same day cancellations is unacceptable. There has been some history with having phone issues in the Call Center. James and I will address these issues immediately, so there will be no obstacles to getting in touch with the management staff in the future

2. Being late

- Anything more than ten minutes late for a shift requires a call to a manager.

3. Consequences of irresponsible attendance or lateness - James is very generous about this and responds on a case-by-case basis, but I will be proposing some ideas.

- Doctor's notes

- Fewer scheduled hours

- Lead distribution alterations

I will ask James to discuss these issues at the Monday meeting.

- Michael

New York City 4 years ago

What is the name of the book I would like to purchase it?

Patty 4 years ago

can an attorney please contact me who is "NOT" afraid of Qualcomm Corp. I had the biggest/worst bully boss and everyone in San Diego seems to be afraid to speak out against the company since they do so much for San Diego. I need help ASAP. Thanks!

BecomingaSuccess 4 years ago

I was recently fired, not sure if it was a hostile work place but it was pretty bad. I made a video explaining the situation.

dr. rosenberg 4 years ago

My name is Chike Achebe and I am one of the students currently enrolled in Dr.Rosenberg’s public speaking course. As a student leader on campus and honors student, I have taken over 40 courses during my time here at Rutgers with various distinguished faculty and I have yet to meet another professor who has exemplified the type of hard work, dedication and commitment to students Dr.Rosenberg has. Dr. Rosenberg has taught at Rutgers University for over 23 years, and has consistently been one of the highest rated instructors within the department. It is because of Dr.Rosenberg’s excellent reputation within the student ranks that I decided to register for his Public Speaking course. I, along with Dr.Rosenberg’s fifty other current students have come to appreciate the depth of knowledge we acquire through the analytical teaching techniques of Dr.Rosenberg. Upon taking his public speaking course, we have come to genuinely enjoy the way he led us students to think beyond our normal limits and strongly feel he is one of the best professors to facilitate our academic and intellectual needs for this course.

marlee 4 years ago

hi i work with mentally challanged individuals and i was attacked 3 times within an hour and i followed protocol and nothing was done i told them i dont feel safe staying with the individual and my boss did nothing or the higher bosses did nothing i was forced to work and stay 40 hrs straight feeling nervous and scared for my life cause there was nothing i could do to protect myself...i feel as if all my rights that all americans are given was taken away when i was forced to stay in an uncomfortable inviroment. they know that the client is capable of doing harm to others hes done it in the i have nightmares of him this has caused mental damage to there anything i can do..please help any info would help...thanks

Wolverine 4 years ago

I have a situation I need some advise about. I just started a new job about 3-4 months ago. I do what I'm supposed to do if not more every day. Over time me and the supervisor have become pretty good friends. Just last week the supervisor told me the manager wants me to cut all my hair which I had no problem with so over the weekend I had my hair cut but Monday came along and the supervisor told me that the manager doesn't like how I smile all the time which I thought was kind of bull but I put a lot of effort to not smile around him. I am upset about the smileing part but I was just going to deal with it because as far as I know there isn't any way to prove that and I didn't want to put other employees in a position as witnesses and risk them losing their jobs.

The part I need advise about is there is an employee that has been aggressive towards me a few times in the last 3 weeks and I've told the supervisor each time right when it happened. Nothing happened to him until today. Today he tried to force $20 out of me. To avoid conflict I said "ok but we have to wait till Friday cuz my bank closes before we get off work." he replied "no! How about he (pointing to another employee) gives me $20 and you pay him back Friday." I said "ok that works too." and I started walking away. That's when he grabbed me and hit me twice in the face and two other employees saw it. It took all my strength but I did not fight back. I walked straight to the office with the other employees and told the supervisor later that day when we were supposed to clock out me and the guy that was aggressive towards me got called into the office and the manager fired both of us.

Concerned spouse 4 years ago

My husband is being forced to sign a document saying he worked a position when he wasn't even scheduled. This is to cover their assets because they did not have that position covered and by state regulations they are suppose to. Then today he wanted to make sure about a code to put in patent file and she called him stupid. Please help

counselor 4 years ago

I am in need of an attorney. I reside in Brooklyn NY.What type of attorney do I hire?

may19 4 years ago

My boyfriend was on his 90 days probation detailing cars, one manager fired him for eating a chip that another employe offered him, what should we do?

Frustrated76 4 years ago

I work for the federal government, and had some medical problems that started last year. Because of that I was calling in sick more then the usual amount. My manager didn't seem to have any problems with it but a manger who is not mine did. He went to my manager demanding that was put on leave restriction. My manager did not do this. Then he look up every time I called in sick.

( you have to call in 1 hour before for you start time) sent to my manager. The times that were off varied from 1-3 minutes after the call in time. Again my manager was not concerned but past the info to me througth my supervisor. At that point did get FMLA. This had all started after a fellow coworker and myself went to him to discuss some legitimate problems that concerned some of his people. For a while now he has not bothered me. But after having surgery, and needing to call in sick due to some of the after effect of the surgery. He, wants to put me on disciplineary action. I for my part forgot to say that it was FLMA. It was only about 4 or 5 day in a 5 month time span. He even went and got all my call in record from the past 3 and 1/2 years that I have been working there to try to prove I call in alot. I never in all those years I never had any trouble for calling in sick

. I had to write a statement on my view and have to get a revised FLMA paper work from my Dr. Is this bully or harassment or neither. And is there anything I can do about ?

Also my manager while talking to a fellow coworker told her she couldn't take the time off she wanted because I was calling in sick too much was going to be put on leave restriction. He told her even before I even found out. And he used my name, so she knew who I was. Was he correct in doing this. Can I do anything about this?

Kanner 4 years ago

Curious of some feedback from others on some issues.  

1). Is it a violation for a boss to call someone while on F.M.L.A. and reprimand them to the point they are hysterical?  (Let me toss in, I had warned my boss prior to my leave that any future/further stresses would jeopardize me health condition.  Thus, she was aware of the distress she was inflicting!)

2). During this phone conversation, I was also threatened to cease contact from select group of others at work while I was on leave.  (Does this violate my freedom of speech...or any other right I may have had?). The phone reprimand was severe, it also violated my contract on how disciplinary action was to be followed.  Threatened  with a meeting upon return regarding my behavior with a union rep.....and allowed due process).  She went from step 0 to highest level of discipline.   REPEATEDLY made remarks I created "horrific' scene (I could go on and on....but I will conclude this part here.)

This woman, a middle school principal (I, the certified classroom teacher) made me SO EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY ILL,  along with feeling I was an inept and a worthless teacher.....THAT I LEFT ABRUPTLY ON DISABILITY RETIREMENT as I was so deathly scared of losing my job.   I was in complete major depression (still am), having severe panic attacks, I thought I would die if I ever had to step foot in there (school) again.   My LAST COURSE OF calm what I could with my that I would end this life I have....just to make sure I NEVER had to go through that abuse again.

Now....I have 50% less income, $400 a month insurance, still am frightened of people and how they can inflict such grave harm to another...totally lost my self-worth, kids I loved and a job I loved.  I am nervous all the time, I constantly worry about finance and IF I may ever be declined my disability retirement (I just show medical evidence every 3 years of my health status).  

NOW, NOW, NOW.....  She, along with some of her colleagues, and students at the school are under a lawsuit.  They allowed a 14 year old boy to be bilked (some even joined in).  He tried to take his life over this (I can relate!).   

SOOO......  The feelings I was bullied were accurate, but that is so difficult to understand/prove when you are under severe emotional distress (when bullied, you think it is you!). Therefore, I did not pursue legal action.  I just crawled in a hole.  I basically nom longer socialize, drive a car, etc as my nerves are so bad.   Yet, now that this monster has the lit shining on her,i would really like to go forward and get back myself....emotionally and financially.

Anyone's opinion?   I believe my statue of limitations have run out unless I can utilize the toll provision I was defiantly not mentally capable to do so back then.  Would her being named in this type of lawsuit, perhaps, be considers "new evidence"?   I feel it demonstrates a long trail of hostile workplace environment.

Any suggestions and opinions would greatly be welcomed here.  D

I know everyone is here because they have been a victim or witnessed a, my heart goes out to each of you, as I know the damaging effects this has!

**I'm thinking....

"Intentional infliction of Emotional Distress" or "Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress" along with possible contact violations and interference of FMLA usage.

Again....please chime in!!!!!!

Chuckle 4 years ago

I have been suspended for 10 months, I work in a care home and on this particular day to service users came to me with serious abuse allegations they each asked me to assist them to complain. On the same day I sent an email to someone saying I had serious concerns and I don't know where to go with these can you help.

3 days later I over heard my manager talking about e on the phone, he said "I will try and get her a written warning that will shut her up.

The next day one of the service users I assisted got someone to contact me and tell me to watch my back, because they are after me. I immediately sent an email to a friend / colleague telling him about this.

2 days after that I was suspended, they would not tell me the reason for my suspension as they said it was a safeguarding.

They wrote to me asking what my concerns where that I had stated I had in the email. My union advised me to put my concerns in writing. I never heard again from my employer for 6 months, I received a letter it said he was now in a position to tell me why I was suspended it was because I had psychologically abused the service I assisted , they interview me a month later. The interview was crazy, it was like they had no real questions to ask me, I have not heard anymore from them it has been 3 months since I was interviewed . I am on full pay.


Please note I only want to continue teaching at Rutgers. My health and teaching was greatly affected by the refusal to answer my questions regarding summer and fall teaching. The answers were either lies or constantly referred to as a 'PERSONNEL matter. This bullying and harassment were obvious and I must reiterate that my concerns of anti-Semitism were never addressed and I feared for my safety. Obviously this was not considered in your determination. The Police Chief of Edison township where I am chaplain does not understand why the administration did not report my complaint to security.

Dr. Kui returned only one of my emails stating "take me off your list." Dr. Katz has a reputation of allegedly bullying other intstructors which is known. if there were complaints about my teaching, why were they not brought to my attention so I could address them and correct them. Yes, it is true I went to the media because the dept ignored my questions. If any student had a complaint it should have been brought to me by the dept. If I was not following the curriculum, why wasn't I confronted with that? My student and teacher evaluations do not indicate any problems. The one student who complained about me in one evaluation was because the student did not receive an A. I have students who can attest to everything that was taught in class. I would like to appear with about 20 of them before you.

This was very drawn out; I could not even get an answer to future employment until june. This was very painful emotionally and physically. I told the dept I would always follow the curriculum and correct anything they wanted regarding the new curriculum. I only spoke out in print and video when I was lied to about not being hired for the summer.

I still would like to resolve this issue without going to court.

Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg


RE: Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

Dr. Rosenberg,

Your issues were thoroughly investigated. I'll respond to you more fully as soon as possible.

Thank you, Jayne

I just showed this to my attorney who said this is called a "hostile work enviornment." He does not understand why the issues were not addressed.

Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

Today I received the letter from Rutgers University Human Resources, dated June 18 2012.

Re: discrimination complaint

The religious discrimination/anti-Semitism complaint you cite in your letter was a side issue to the main original complaint. It was only included because one of my students noted this was happening.

The reason I went to the office of employment equity was my complaint of harrassment and bullying. I sent all this information several times so I do not understand why this major complaint was not addressed.

I was called into Dr. Hui-Min Kuo's office and berated, bullied and harrassed regarding the following issues:

A complaint against me that I used my youtube/video in class and that I sold my book directly to my students instead of the bookstore.

I teach public speaking and was using mixed media as I was told to do by the department. Since I am a public speaker, reverend, and have been speaking in public for 36 years my youtube was a teaching element. In fact, recently there appeared an article in the Home News stating that twitter and youtube are used in all levels of education facilities. In addition, on June 16th an article appeared in the Star Ledger about a part time instructor (who calls himself professor in the article; Dr. Katz berated me and stated that I cannot call myself professor because I am part time) who shows his youtube on his moustache at Rutgers to great acclaim. I would like to know if this teacher is being disciplined for this.

Regarding my selling my book , as soon as I was told to sell it through the bookstore, I did.

The most flagrant part of the harrassment at this meeting involved Dr. Kuo confronting me and asking belligerently if I had taken the anti-discrimination exam at Rutgers. She most certainly knew I took it since it is in my file. This was a blatant form of harrassment and bullying to rile me up.

I am including a basic summary of the situation. Please read it yourself. This letter did not address my complaint at all and I would like to appear in front of you to state the case. According to our labor attorney I have a strong case of harrassment and bullying which is why I do not understand the content of your letter. The harrassment and bullying has affected me greatly both physically, emotionally and monetarily.

Please read:

I have been teaching at Rutgers University, SCILS, Department of Communication as a part time instructor for 24 years. I have always had excellent evaluations and recommendations.

I am also the only teacher in my department who wears a skullcap.

In the fall of 2012, after the first day of the semester, I was summoned to the office of the undergraduate department chair, Hui Min Kuo through an email. As a child of survivors of the Holocaust who lost his entire family, and a Holocaust historian myself who is constantly fighting against anti-Semitism, I became frightened by this abrupt email which demanded that I appear immediately without explanation. I called Dr. Hui Min Kuo on the phone and explained my fear and asked that she tell me the problem over the phone. After all I had worked at Rutgers for 24 years and what could be so dire and serious? I literally begged her to tell me so I would not imagine a horrible situation. She refused.

When I arrived at her office Dr. Nick Linardopoulos, the Public speaking debate Coordinator was sitting there with her. I felt on trial. My thoughts ran wild: Should I have brought a lawyer? Why was she not speaking to me in private? Why was there a witness there?

Dr. Hui Min Kuo said a student, after the first day of class, complained to the department that I used You Tube and Twitter in class and that I was selling my own book in class. I explained that I had been teaching in this manner for years and did not know that a teacher had to sell his book through the bookstore. In fact, many years ago I showed this book to Dr. Min Kuo; in fact, I had asked her to put a forward in the book which she did not do.

I felt that these complaints were trivial. I could prove that many educators, as was appearing in articles everywhere including the New Jersey Home News, were using different forms of media to teach. In fact, I was asked to use mixed media by the department this past year which I did . Regarding my book, I told them I would contact the Rutgers book store and arrange to have the book sold through them. I did this that week and the book is now being sold through the bookstore for $15.00 more than when I sold it directly to my students. I also told them I never tell my students buying the book is a requirement; it is an option which I have found is better than the textbook.

As I said, this was very frightening. Would any one else be brought into this situation for such small mistakes? In today's world where people are accused of accosting women, harrasing and bullying, I had reason to worry. Dr. Min Kuo then asked me if I had taken the required anti-discrimination test at Rutgers. At this point I was even more frightened. Was a student accusing me of touching them improperly? Did I need a lawyer? Was I being falsely accused? My reputation was on the line. (I had taken the test). I tried to diffuse the situation by making a joke. I told Dr. Min Kuo that I had not raped anyone lately. She blew up in my face. I immediately apologized. I was very upset as I felt I was on trial and just blurted that out. She had no understanding of what my Holocaust background meant and how terrifying this was. (I had explained this on the phone to her before the meeting.)j

Why in the world was she asking me this question? I am a respected clergyman, police chaplain and former prison chaplain. Rutgers has a record of my taking the test so this was pure harrassment. She yelled at me throughout the meeting. She made me feel like a thief over selling the book even tho

annie 4 years ago

Ok so I wanted to ask some advice. My husband is best friends with his boss's son. Two weeks ago they went bar hopping and took a cab back to our home. When we woke upwe found that the friend had left, gotten a dui. Since it happened my husband hasn't been scheduled to work a single day. He has never been "coached" or writtenup. He called in sick once and has never been late. My husband has only worked there 90 days. Do we have legal rights here?

dr. bernhard rosenberg 4 years ago



I read over your comments and tried to evaluate them from every possible angle. As you may be aware I had taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 53 years with 17 of them as a full time faculty member; Executive Masters Program Director and Department Chairman. I have also been an Adjunct at several UNiversities and know the full spectrum of the position they play with the academic structure.

That being said as you are aware Adjuncts are the slave labor of the university. In virtually every environment they lack any form of protection in their teaching position. There is no requirement to rehire them on a continual basis and if in fact a full time faculty member desires to teach your course for the first time they are entitled to do so.

I had been an Adjunct at the University of New Haven Graduate School of Business for 35 years and literally "owned" the courses in which I taught. The curricula was changes and in spite of the fact I was the only person qualified to teach the courses, I was unceremoniously dropped. The program recently restarted and my former courses were renewed, but I was not asked to teach.

The question then arises in situations such as yourself, are there any grounds upon which you have a sustainable basis for seeking recourse against the institution?

The discrimination laws do in fact apply to Universities and Colleges. There are several cases involving faculty who have either not been promoted; terminated; not granted tenure based upon race, creed, religion ,sex, and/or national origin. The burden of proof is always upon the complaining faculty. There are virtually no cases involving adjuncts do to the fact they are legally employees at sufferance. Where cases do exist most of them involved the failure to hire initial due to the previously mentioned areas of protection. Where this all gets tricky is when the University uses or creates a "pretext" not to rehire or to terminate.

It appears that you were in fact set up or at least fell into a confluence of circumstances which played directly into the hands of the powers that be. On the facts you have set forth you have an extremely difficult road to pursue recourse. The complaints against you are being utilized by the University directly related to "competence and qualification." These are traditionally the basis for terminating or not renewing faculty. Your 20 year run as an adjunct certainly is supportive of the fact that the School; Department Chair; Dean and students felt you competent...what has suddenly changed? You indicate is was a new curricula which although you taught it last year with obviously no student complaints, you have to separate yourself form your teaching under the old vis-a-vis the new.


Just want to share. I will be teaching at another college. However this is the story of adjuncts without tenure. I tried to help others but we are all in the same boat, without tenure adjuncts are the slaves of the university system. I truly believe I was harassed and bullied as are so many other adjuncts, but at least I FOUGHT BACK. The union is worthless as they deal only with pay raises. IF you are an adjunct and have treated this way I feel sad for you, but unless adjuncts unite to fight back this will remain the story . Thank G-d I AM A RABBI AND MAKE A LIVING. Many of my colleagues in academia are starving. BEN ROSENBERG

4 years ago

I am from England, and currently suspended for the second time.

Until the new manager was appointed about 18 months ago, everything was fine, apart from the usual office niggles.

Since she was appointed, she has sacked 3 of us, and now this is the 8th suspension amongst workers. She encourages nasty, malicious gossip, and I know she is trying to get rid of me, but even though it is awful working for her, I won't be a victim. Somehow, she has management on her side, and also HR, so we seem to have nowhere to turn.

My union is very helpful, but all of this is making us feel scared and ill.

On reading this page, I am shocked to see how many people are going through such pain, fear and hurt. Good luck to you all.

carol ann 4 years ago

All this I have read on this site seems so real to workplace has such a bullying boss yells and cusses everyday....she makes horrible humilitating comments....Like "What kind of drugs are you on?" talks negative about the other employees when they are not around, after one carrier leaves for their route...she will gather the other workers up and tell them not to talk to her any more. Yells at just out of control.....what should I do.....I am afraid for my job and well being.....thank you for any help

smalltown 4 years ago

I live in a small town where alot of gossip and vendictiveness is in the work place. When a new boss came onboard and her admin wanting to secure a job, they have taken away all of my responsibilities with the exception of answering the phones. I have worked here for three years now and have had multiple hours of training for certain parts of my job to include responsibilities with time sheets, employee files, new hire paperwork, interviews, reports, and a plethera more. The new boss has taken all of these responsibilities away and told me that I had to make a list of my responsibilities that I do now to justify to our new CFO what I do at the company to keep my job. Her admin told her that she was in charge of all the work that I did prior to her taking the responsibilities away from me. Her admin has a rally of friends in the work place that do not like me and have taunted to get me removed from the company. What do I do? What legal recourse do I have? I have spoken to people in the corporate office and mentioned it to HR and spoken with them and they have chosen to support the company. The individuals at the corporate office who trained me are very confused as to why they have taken the responsiblities away from me. The only reason I see that her admin would want me gone is due to the fact that I spoke to our new boss about the breaches of confidentiality that the admin had done. She had gone through personel files and shared those with the office employees while on break. Her admin has gotten into other employees emails and read all the instant messaging and read through emails and used that information against the employees to be moved to a new position. She has had her husband in the office when she was working with payroll issues online and he was looking at the screen. I have no documentation of any of this and do not know if the employees would step up and be a testiment to the things that have happened. Please help. What do I do, I think they are trying to get me fired or make my life so miserable by bullying me that I quit.

amy 4 years ago

i have a boss who is constantly criticizing, standing over me , makes rules as he goes. He even went as far as to fire a bottle rocket at me in a place that is full of explosive chemicals. He has threw bolts and nuts at me. If i I go to the restroom he tapes the outside of the door so when I open it I get a hair full ,face full and body full of tape. Hes even let his wife take the job I was hired to do and moved me to another job w/o even me signing any transfer papers etc. He calls me names , threatens to fire / lay me off. I could go on and on with all the tings hes has done to me in the past 2 1/2 years..My health is declining rapidly ...blood pressure is at a dangerous high number. Can someone please give me some advice. I have mae complaints to HR director / safety direstor. What's my next option?

ROSENBERG 3 years ago

Regarding the article "Rutgers steps up efforts to go global, attract foreign students " Rutgers has become nothing more than big business. New Jersey residents are not being admitted to Rutgers because the students cannot compete with the grades and SAT scores of the foreign students. Out of state and foreign students pay substantially more tuition than in state students. I taught at Rutgers from 1990 until June of 2012. Even though the Communication dept denies it, I was told to give 20% A's and 20% C's and D's to my students. From my experience the foreign students who took accelerated courses in their native countries did better at Rutgers than NJ Students including some athletes. Obviously the higher grades would have gone to the foreign students in most cases. I refused to comply. I am no longer teaching at Rutgers. Need I say more.

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

rosenberg 3 years ago

I was deeply moved by the story regarding a former Rutgers student of mine Louisa

Leal. She was in my public speaking class. She was so inspired by my teaching

that even though she is not Jewish she asked me to pray for her which I did.I

went out of my way to help her as I did with many other students who needed

extra help. I was there to help many athletes get through Rutgers, particularly

those who had injuries and learning problems including Ray Rice, Jeremy Britt

and most of the NFL players over the last twenty plus years. Last year I was

terminated from Rutgers after teaching there since 1990. . My crime was that I was not willing to give 20% A's

and 20% C's and D's to my students, creating and using my own textbook (not

unlike other professors) and being unwilling to accept the disrespect given to


. . A current student at Rutgers told me today that certain professors are curving grades so that if you are one of the unlucky 20% YOU MIGHT GET A D EVEN THOUGH YOU REALLY DESERVED A HIGHER GRADE. There is no way that I would ever do that to a student.

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

rosenberg 3 years ago

While teaching many of the star female basketball athletes at Rutgers Public Speaking, class which meets once a week, I was sent a communication from the Rutgers President's office stating I should be understanding regarding their absences due to being in the finals. This occurred during the Imus controversy. Showing compassion for these students, I did not penalize them for their absences. When recently told at a meeting that I had to give my students 20%A's, 20% C's and D's, and the remaining grades B's, I refused. A student should get the grade they deserve. I started teaching at Rutgers in 1990 and I believe because I refused the departments instructions on grading I was not rehired. IN my opinion I was bullied and harassed by members of the communications dept. Not only are students bullied but so are teachers, especially non tenured adjuncts as I was.

Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

nulite 3 years ago

Hello everyone. I am new here and just lookin for any info or suggestions on my particular situation. Recently I was just suspended from work for scheduled sick time. This had been trained to me as an ok business practice thru a prior District Manager. I am now informed that this is not acceptable practice at all. I am extremely upset that I myself may lose my job. My question is that if this DM trained this to avoid weekly over budget on his behalf . . can this be a lawsuit? To me this was ok from the start because the DM represents the company fully. I have been around too many managers that bend the rules or make up their own rules like you were mentioning in your inserts above. Any help or suggestion is appreciated.

jcinmaryland 3 years ago

I was reading this article on work place hostile environment and it describes my situation exactly.

The only exception is that I still have my job for now.

I am now in a situation that I have daily panic attacks that are keeping me from performing better in my job.

I work for a fortune 500 company for over 6 years, with an exemplary work record. Six months ago was transferred to another department in the same capacity and have been harassed by my boss at least six to eight times , talked down to and basically called useless many times. and written up and threatened with termination several times.

My situation is affecting my health and I don't know what to do.

jcinmaryland 3 years ago

jcinmaryland 2 weeks ago

I was reading this article on work place hostile environment and it describes my situation exactly.

The only exception is that I still have my job for now.

I am now in a situation that I have daily panic attacks that are keeping me from performing better in my job.

I work for a fortune 500 company for over 6 years, with an exemplary work record. Six months ago was transferred to another department in the same capacity and have been harassed by my boss at least six to eight times , talked down to and basically called useless many times. and written up and threatened with termination several times.

My situation is affecting my health and I don't know what to do.

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Cathy 3 years ago

I work with men/women and at first everything was good until one employee did a 360 in the office ratting her co-workers out to the boss and then returning to her desk like nothing had happen. The seems to take her side contantly and documents her accusations bout her co-works, its hard to work with a person who is watching your every movement to get her co-workers in trouble. Please tell me what a co-worker to do? Need answers and for the New York State area. Thanks!!

Employee 2 years ago

What's the point of proving all this in the court when the company doesn't want you there. It's not illegal to fire an employee. Even the Fair Work Commission, Australia, says, "Do what your boss says". Look at your contracts first, mine said 8 hours a fortnight minimum, so I'm stuck with that because I went to the court against the boss. I was working full time before it all happened.

Robert 2 years ago

My boss left job applications to Wendy's on everyone desk and lunch room. This is not funny. What to do?

TheBusRunnithOver 2 years ago

I need to state that I enjoy the owners of the company I work for. However, they have entrusted a 32 year old with no previous experience with their finances, she rose from a staff accountant (with no CPA) to a Director of Finance in less than 4 years! They have also assigned HR to her role. I am the assistant to the Owners of the company, I also handle things outside of my "assistant" role, such as HR Benefits, Accounts Payable - paying vendors with a company credit card. (I have NEVER been assigned an accounts payable position before in my life! I hate accounting!) Anyway, a year ago, the HR/Director of Finance and I had a heart to heart - I asked her straight out if I could talk with her openly without any repercussion. She agreed! I was tired of hearing for nearly 9 months every single day that the two newest directors were making more money than she was. I advised her to keep track of all the positive things she does, and when it was time for her review to try to justify an increase, however, not to think that her being a director for 8 months vs 20 years of experience would help her get to the same pay they are. I told her I honestly didn't want to hear her complaining about the other directors any more. I support them just as much as her and it made me uncomfortable knowing that she "targeted" the other directors. She even told me she was pissed that the director of sales was becoming the president's favorite, so she had to take him down! Anyway, since then, she has been on a tear to get me fired. She wants me out of the HR benefits field, she has twisted the truth and made me look bad every time she can. We hired a new GM, he believes everything out of her mouth. I have a solid history here, I have won awards, been given praise all throughout - until now. They stated they don't know who to believe. This HR person was not speaking to me at all, would only email me after hours. I didn't respond to one email in 3 years and was pulled into the GM"s office and reprimanded for it. I explained to him that her "only emailing me" was a form of harassment and I wasn't going to take it. I was uncomfortable with her not speaking to me. I wanted it to stop. I finally went to the President, for the 4th time this year, and explained to him that it was making walking into this office extremely uncomfortable. I was out sick yesterday, the HR woman went through my desk and found a bill that I was working on with the company who sent the bill and she took it. Then I found out she has been having my phone line recorded! I have been talking with out Parent Company's HR department about this particular HR person for over a year now - and all along, the HR person here has had access to those calls!!! I am outraged! I specifically asked the President when we put the HR handbook together, that when it stated that lines may be recorded, I asked him if mine was, he said absolutely NOT! Yet, I find out now, that they are! I am nearly 50 years old, I have been an EA to C-Level managers for over 20 years and this 32 year old with no experience and no HR experience at all is going to bully me each day and get away with it?! I don't know what to do! I like my job! It's close to home and the owners are wonderful people - they are just snowed over by her - and I don't know why! Any insight on how I can get this behavior to stop?!

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Manny 9 months ago

My manager and people in the warehouse are saying"according to them" a drug addict. What can i do about this

Damari Stratford 9 months ago

Work place bullying, what will he do about it? All bullying needs to stop. What will they do about work place bullies and bullying? I was also the only one he treated like this..All he needed to do was be kind, show kindness. I want to bring more awareness to work place bullying in 2016 to help others not have to deal with bullies for bosses. The laws need to change!!! What will they do about work place bullies and bullying, it needs to stop...I was fired 12 days before Christmas...

I use to like people but a bully shot me down! Bosses should lead employees not Bully...Yes not from bullies! What about work place bullies?! Remember bullies come in all shapes and sizes....I was bullied by an adult named Jeff Ursino , my manager at Citibank in Carmel, Ca...after he successfully made me sick with nerves and caused my blood pressure to go up he fired me via UPS 12 days before Christmas while I was out on a workers comp pending family will never forget the pain he caused us....and I haven't worked since due to all of this.

Jeff Ursino once told me that I couldn't wear the hats I'd been wearing to work for almost four years with no problem. He said it was company policy yet there was nothing in writing. I called HR and they said there was nothing in the codes about hats. About six weeks later Jeff Ursino decided to tell me that I could wear hats again but only a couple days a week. I asked him what about the policy and he replied " I'm in control" , it was his way of throwing his weight around, what a bully! He also threatened to fire me for job abandonment if I didn't show up to work on a day I couldn't work, my daughter was ill and he was already fully staffed. He put me on the schedule at the last minute to pressure me into working...a Bully at his finest. He also stated that I hadn't worked on days that I had and I still have a copy of the schedules.

Bullying needs to end and companies need to properly train manages to be leaders not bullies! What will politicians do about it? Nothing! We need to unite and do something about adult bullying and in the work place!

I have two boxes of proof and I did document everything. When I realized that there is actually an Awareness month for anti bullying I decided to tell my story again in hopes of finding an organization that I can help bring light to this also very ugly issue!

What I have mentioned is just a bit of all he did. No one cared or did anything about it. I wrote my leaders, congressmen , senators , mayors, city leaders, the president , attorney general, etc...everyone past the buck. Since then, bullying has come to the forefront and I want to tell my story.

He is a father of 3 sons, still a " manager" , on the board of trustees for a school district and I can't help but wonder who he is bullying now.

He had choices and he chose to be unkind, uncaring, not understanding, treated me like crap, ignored what others where doing, focused on me until he ruined me!

ALL BULLIES NEED TO BE STOPPED!!!!! All companies need Bullying training and the manager isn't always right! Only cowards bully other people! He didn't care what I was wearing he simply wanted to show who was in control and bully me. The hats didn't prevent me from doing my job nor did anyone ever complain about them, in fact I got lots of compliments from customers and a couple of his bosses and someone from HR, it's was great until he showed up as a temporary manager. He just wanted me gone and set out to wrongfully terminate me. He couldn't even write me up correctly and I have the proof. He couldn't even fire me correctly as he broke California Labor codes in the process of firing me. He was simply unkind and heartless to me.

Please grow up to be a kind, caring person. Never purposely make someone fear their going to loose their job for putting their daughter first, that's what he did to me...and yet he is a father.

Time to open their eyes and our leaders and change the laws. Speak the truth state the facts and have your evidence ready! One of the reasons I am doing this is because I have proof, my journal, the forms he used to write me up incorrectly. He was in such a hurry to write me up that the first time he wrote me up he used the wrong form, he used the second warning form. He threatened me with job abandonment yet didn't know how that law worked. For some reason the universe, my God or what ever you want to believe, had me keep all the evidence. In my journal I wrote daily of what occurred at work, he singled me out. In four and a half years I loved my job 98 percent of the days then he came and ruined not only me but the spirit of that bank branch. He took away causal Friday and tried to take away cookies on Fridays for our customers. He said we all had to only eat in the break room but yet would eat at his desk and not say anything to the pretty blonde when she ate at her station. He took all my family photos down and claimed it was best for my family but allowed others to have their family photos out! A BULLY!!!!please share my story to bring awareness to work place bullying.

The more I read the more I realize he was threatened by me. My reviews didn't justify what he did. Several times I was asked if I was the manager as he stood next to me. The hat issue was just him being a bully, he ignored what others did and wouldn't give me credit when it was due to me, he played it down. He snapped his fingers twice, said my name , pointed to the back room and said Damari in the back the very first time he ever addressed me. In the back room he said my reputation precedes me, that upper management had nothing but glowing reports about me. He asked why I thought I do so well and I told him because I love my job. He was a temporary manager, the branch was looking for a full time manager. Jeff Ursino was managing two branches during this process, I was trying to hang in there until we got a new one but he couldn't wait to fire me. I'm understanding more about bullies these days, it doesn't make it right but we need to pray for the bully.

That's was awesome, thank you for caring and reposting. I use his name and the bank and location to keep it real and honest. I have nothing to hide. I use to tell my kids' if you don't want grammy to know what you did then don't do anything you'd be a shamed of because I will tell grammy the truth' it really helped with their behavior. I once wrote him and asked why he did what he did and I also told him that I hope no one ever treated his family as he had treated mine, but I got no response to my email from him. It's all true so it's not slander. Have an awesome day, thank you very much. So sorry about what you went through, hopefully we can get others to come forth and share their stories. I honestly feel that the bully should be called out, if he/she was so proud of their actions then don't get upset when we share what you've done. Please feel free to share my story to bring awareness to work place bullies and bullying, it needs to stop, the laws need to protect the employees and victims not the bully. Share my story please.

Guest 5 months ago

I was asked if I would be willing to move and open a new warehouse for my company. I was told I would be trained as the inventory & returns manager. I was given roughly a month and a half of training and told the rest we will teach you will your there. After a year my operations manager was demoted and a new ops manager was moved here. He never spoke except to inform me of a new hire coming. He pulled me in for a meeting one day to say "You were put in a bad situation with poor training and I don't think you were equipped properly to run this warehouse. We will make you the Returns manager and train you with a manager from another warehouse that we will be bringing here."When the other manager got here I was demoted and put on a P.I.P. . I asked the new manager if he had a training plan or program to train me, he said no. My new manager took me aside and said he would need me to train him because he only had about 2 months in the inventory department. The new manager told one of my former employees that I was being tested and wont be trained. Employees from other departments would come ask why the ops manager visited and spoke with the new manager so much more than he did with you. I told them I have no idea. During my 1st P.I.P. review every time I tried to speak I was told to stop being disgruntled and stop arguing with a manager in front of a witness. I finally asked are you telling me that no matter what I do I'm going to get fired anyway? I was told yes. This meeting was more of an attack on me with my new manager and the operations manager than a performance review. I was asked to come up with an exit plan and that my "end" date was in less than two months. I came up with an exit plan and was fired 2 hours later for being detrimental to the company.

Churchlady 4 months ago

I work at a church as a receptionist, after retiring from teaching school. My boss loves everyone in the office but me! Everyone takes 2 hr. lunches just about everyday except me, I have to be by the phone so, I take 30 minutes, at my desk. Once, he told me to shut up, when I stopped by his office to tell someone in his office that they had a package. First of all, his door was open, & if it was a private call, why was it on speaker phone? Plus, I whispered to the individual about the package. He got so angry, and told me to shut up & get out! I was humiliated & shortly after, I had my evaluation, then a few weeks later, I was told I was having my hours cut from 29 to 16, just two days a week! He is trying to get me to quit, what should I do?

UnjustJustCause 3 months ago

I was "fired with just cause" many years ago by a very large bank; however, I had 16 years with them - and great performance reviews until my last one. My last position was in a department of a recently acquired company which was more or less separated from the parent company (bank), and the Manager was a bully. She was piling more and more work on me to make mistakes, and I did not have a way to stop this (not safe process to report the situation). How might I approach this very large bank to try and discuss/correct this situation?

ThisIsNotRight 3 months ago

Hello, I just got hired in a home setting. At first I was offered an office chair, now after a few weeks Im told to sit on a chair that is from the bosses bedroom, little cush and sits low. Im a tall person and Im uncomfortable. I mention this ti my boss, he continues to say that he'll get an office chair for me. Its been now over a month. I know this is against the law. So what do I do that I continue to be told to sit on the chair. thank you

XXV 3 months ago

Hi I have a quick question not for me though. Someone I know owns a small business however brings in about 750,000 annually. 1) the employer does not pay overtime. 2). Lies about raising their valuable employees that the employer does not have money to raise however has recently bought a new house out of state for vacation and then buys a empty garage next door to expand thier workspace then Hires thier friend and pay them more due to them just being friends. Etc etc... that's just the basic much much more to say. But Is there anything a employee of that employer can do??

Duncan Giles Newby-Fraser 3 months ago

Yesterday I got to work and had seen a summons was served to the company on the door final demand served by the sheriff of the courts that I was working for and we phoned the bargaining council to find out what we must do as our own work equipment we use at work. then we got informed that we must pack our tools in our own car by the manager of the store and to make sure that what we have close on us must stay close to us as we were informed by the manager.Then the one boss arrived at the hair salon and I was informed that I am dismissed and another employer too and I had done nothing wrong and he was a bully towards me in the way he spoke to me. He then informed me that I must go so I phoned the bargaining council and was informed that I must go to the bargaining council and open the case as for unfair dismissal and there had being no written warnings or anything else wrong. I had requested for letter of appointment or contract and I had done what work was required from me to perform and I had almost completed my first month of employment. Then I was informed that they all of a sudden that they had changed their minds and I travel 60km/h from home to work and back and they were only prepared to offer me R4000 and I must go over the target before I start to build my salery and I was unfairly dismissed and then they told this so I said I would go to find out what I must do and then today I was told I am not going to get paid at all. When I had done nothing wrong. No warnings so now I want to know please do I have a chance to win and sue for damages please.

Iused2believe 2 months ago

I appreciate your comments but I have to tell you I have all the circumstantial and written evidence and when you're fighting a big organization you can't win. My situation went so far down the rabbit hole I didn't even know that distance existed. No lawyer would touch the case because it's an at will state. Finally I found out about the EEOC and they actually took my case only to do nothing. The guy at the EEoc really gave me false hope in the fact that they would investigate and do their due diligence only to find out they did absolutely nothing and it was disappointing. I've read several websites each stating what I need to prove which I did but that doesn't really seem to matter. The organization is large so I think it scares people to fight because they don't want to end up blackballed like me. This was my first job and I knew my boss did like me from the get-go but I didn't follow my gut and quite frankly the last four years for me have been really crappy. You know it the real shame of everything is, people tell you to stick up for yourself, to fight for what is right but they don't tell you that it comes at a cost. people wonder why this world is going to Hell but I don't anymore I know why. Being a good and honest person and sticking up for your rights get you absolutely nothing. Now when I apply for jobs I have to explain something that is so ridiculous and then I also have to relive it again. I guess I sort of understand when criminals have to register or sex offenders because what's the difference between me and them?I don't even know why am writing because I know no one really cares. I guess I'm just upset after four years because I thought we live in a better world and then I woke up.

AA 2 months ago

I have a question my dad has been working for 2 restaurants for 15 years and on one of the restaurants the manager allways has a problem with him like for example my dad asks for a days off one or 2 weeks in advance and the managers allways have a problem with that meaning they dont give him the days because supposibly noone can cover his shift i mean 1 to 2 weeks ahead!!!? when hes sick they have a problem with thay too my dad never misses work and to me i feel like hes getting discriminated (my dad is mexican) other employees miss work they dont bother to call or anything and they r still working there with no problem and my dad asks for his days off and they have a problem with that??? rediculous!!!! oh and my dad has been working there for 15 years and gets paid less then most of the workers that have been there for less then he has.

Anom 2 months ago

yesterday my boss told me that he wants to fill me in. Threatened to move me to another department or switch off my sabatacle.

Where could you stand on that?

Assaulted & Fired Part2 2 months ago

can your bully boss force you to sign papers accusing you of slander? Sign it or you can't come back to work I was told. "Just sign it"

I didn't. So he drafted another version of this paper and would not let me go back to work unless I signed it. My manager then asked me for the original document back. I said I didn't have it, and asked why. My manager responded it was liable in court. He also told me that the document was not supposed to leave the office. (In other words I was not to show or consult with anyone about it) I was also asked does it exist? I said no. instead of being insulted at how stupid they think I am, snd fire back at them, I shut up, and kept my copy of the documents.

Please advice. I know my boss was in the wrong and conducted business not only in bad faith but illegally.

Toxic work environment had begun and escalated into me being sexually assaulted and fired.

Mel 7 weeks ago

I have a high risk pregnancy with complications which landed me in the hospital twice. I have medical documentation and letters from my doctor requesting acomodations temporarily. It would not cost them anything, I am a school social worker and most of my job I can still perform. My FMLA is running out and it took HR over a month to give me an answer. I qualify for acomodations un the ADA. They turned me down twice without a real explanation. Now I will not have an income and risk losing my home, car, and savings. I can work with minor accomodations. I live in VA. What can I do

Angie 6 weeks ago

There's a fun thing in Ohio called non comp non disclosure meaning you can't take your patients with you when you change jobs. So if your company is shitty and doesn't provide services they need. They got the right to leave. You're gonna fire me and get in my ass you better make sure that your shits on the up n up . Im a provider I gotta protect myself. You don't have the legal or ethical right to hold clients hostage.

Kimberly. 5 weeks ago

Hi, I have a question. I am a minor, My boss has taken up speaking about me with her son who is the same age as myself, he then brings all of it up at school. Can I do anything about her? He has the same class as I do and often yells about work stuff across the class room and says comments she has made to him that is negative about me. Is there anything I can do about it? She is rude and mean on the job and also saying anything and everything about work to her son. I have recently started looking for a new job because of it. Can I do anything else?

me 5 weeks ago

so I was told fired by my director then told I still have a job 10 mins later , now I feel threatened and uncomfortable at my job , can I do anything about that

Whitney 4 weeks ago

I am an employee. I have worked hard for my company for 4 years. When I was hired on it was in the promise of being a night time manager because I already had a day job. The manager that hired me said she had to train me during the day and to get all my work on the website done. I did so and she kept me on day shift while for months my other boss was trying to see when I was coming back. End result i lost my first job. I stayed with my second job which is now my only job. I finished all required computer work plus extra and all paper work to receive my raises and to be able to go above 30 hours a week. With in the last 4 years we have gone through 4 different managers. Now also within these 4 years I have been offered to manage other stores. I always said,"As of right now I only want a store if it is this store." Between all the managers we have had, when we didn't have one I was running the store. 3 different times. Only once, this very last time I ran the store, did I get a little bit of a raise. The first two times I was loaded with all the managerial work with out the manager pay. This last time I was offered the store and I gladly accepted but then I messed up my license and was honest with them about it so I had to step down and let them bring in a manager. Now he is a sweet kid of a manager but he is exactly that, a kid! I have had to baby step him through everything except doing the store count. Recently our regional manager informed us he will no longer have our store and the new one will more than Likely make the manager of the store have 40+ hours BUT that it would not affect my hours. The new regional took over the store. First time meeting her she barley had the interest of even looking at me and mumbling hello. Forget about a hand shake, so I receeded mine. Then I get a text from my manager a couple days later saying the regional changed the schedule (that I myself had just made) and took 10 hours away from me. I have not had one write up, nor demerit, nothing. That is over $100 a paycheck, $400 month taken away from me for no reason, no warning, no conference, no compromise, didn't hire another to have to share some hours. Is this legal? Is there something that can be done? I have done all requirements to earn my 35+ a week.. how can it just be taken away from me without cause?

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starbuck 3 weeks ago

What if the bully is the EEOC Officer and head of HR?

Amanda Brown 3 weeks ago


I was just terminated as well as my fiance (we both are females). We were sick and went to the doctors last night for food poisoning and was told not to go back into work for one whole day (24 hours) so I called our hr one hour before our clock in time and explained that we were sick and have doctor excuses but will be returning to work the next day. We have only been there a month and a half and have missed 3 times 2 excused and one not. We have been tardy once. The day I walked into the company to fill out an application because my fiance's dad who/was the line shift leader and referred both of us, the hr came out into the main hall and looked at me and said oh you, if I would have known nelson (line shift supervisor) referred you, I would not have asked you to come in. I told her that it had been over a year since I worked there and even reminded her that I left after a half of a day working there because the job I was wanting called me back for hire. I went to Cynthia (the hr) and told her the situation and boy was she upset. So we left and she called us back the next day and hired the both of us. Keep in mind, we started the day she called us to come in and didn't even fill out an application. We filed out papers but nothing with our addresses on it and was given a badge and ssnt to the floor for our first day of work. Now back to today's termination. After I called and left the message of us being sick and coming in tomorrow with a doctors note (which they do accept) I got a text 2 hours later telling me I was terminated in affect immediately. I asked her why I was being terminated (via text) and she responded back, due to attendance and tardies. Again we have been absent once with no doctors note etc. We were tardy once as well in the month and a half we have been employeed. Futhermore, I responded again through text stating I've never been given a warning verbal nor written and she said she had. I told her my fiance and never signed anything showing any kind of warning and we have never been verbally warned. She said she didn't have to do so, that tennessee is a at will state and that it'd only curtousy. She then said we needed to come in Friday between 3 and 5 to get our last checks and to turn in our badges. I responded that's fine but we will need our termination papers so we can file a claim with the unemoyment office. She then said I was being hostile and I was no longer allowed on property and that she would send our termination papers and checks to our last known address. I asked her how she could do that if we have no address on file. She said she would send it to my last known address which is from my application from a year ago and I responded telling her I no longer I've at that address and that this is dicrimination. She again told me not to show up on the property because of my hostility. I have to turn in my badge or its 100 dollars out of my check which I am now convinced I will not receive because I no longer live at the address she says she has from last year. What can I do? How can the hr manager do this? We need our checks and I HAVE to turn in our badges. Any advice? Please help. I want to file a claim with the unemployment office but she is making it almost impossible because I can't file without my termination paper. I have all of our texts as proof and apparently all my verbal and written warnings are through text which I never recieved. Please help!!

nikki 3 weeks ago

Yes,I told my boss about abused going on in the house that I work at he turn around and told me that I was lie on the supervisor so I can get more hour.And did look at my evidence and he fired me,so what can I do about this.

Laying Low 5 days ago

The US Navy (NAVFAC NW) has already removed 2 of 4 civil service employees for EEO complaints. The first was the gentleman who had an ADA/EEO claim. The second was an 18 year military veteran who tried to help him, the 3rd (that is in the process of being removed NOW) is another 18 year military veteran who gave testimony AGAINST the US Navy in the EEO investigation and the 4th is the Union representative who was also trying to help the other 3. The Union representative was removed from the union and is in the process of being terminated too... a civil service employee with 26 years of flawless service to America. All 3 of these people tried to help or participated in the EEO investigation of another co-worker. The reprisal and retaliation was swift against them in order to make an example of what happens when anyone files EEO complaints. Be careful out there, it's an evil world you enter when dealing with EEO complaints.

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