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What Is Workplace Retaliation? And Why Are Employers So Afraid of It?

Undercover Lawyer is a defense attorney and enjoys helping people learn how to use the law to fight back against a hostile workplace.

This guide will provide you with the information you need to know about workplace retaliation, so you can determine whether or not it's happening to you and what you can do about it.

This guide will provide you with the information you need to know about workplace retaliation, so you can determine whether or not it's happening to you and what you can do about it.

Sometimes it feels like the boss has all the power. It may feel as if your employer and the H.R. department hold all the cards. You’re just supposed to come into work, try to avoid the powerful people, and get out the second the work day is over.

But you know what? An employee suffering from a hostile work environment has more power than you imagine. Learn your rights. There are many legal avenues and strategies to protect employees, but few employees know about them. Today, I will reveal one of the most powerful tools available to employees and explain how to use it. It’s the legal claim called retaliation.

What Is a Retaliation Claim?

Retaliation claims are easier to win than hostile work environment claims. Part of the reason is that you don’t have to prove a hostile work environment occurred in order to win on your retaliation claim. Courts have specifically said that an employee can prevail on a retaliation claim by establishing that the employer retaliated against the employee for opposing allegedly discriminatory practices even if the practices were not, in fact, discriminatory.

All that is required to bring a retaliation claim is:

  1. You complain of a hostile work environment (based on a protected class) that you have a good faith belief is occurring.
  2. Your boss treats you worse after you make your complaint than they did before you made your complaint.
  3. You complain that you are being retaliated against for lodging your initial complaint.

That’s it. The only caveat is that the hostile work environment must be based upon a protected class.

Retaliation Follows a Hostile Work Environment Complaint

You can allege more than one “claim” (or legal theory of how your employer wronged you) in each lawsuit. An easy example is of an elderly woman who sues her former employer for terminating her due to her age and gender. Her lawsuit contains two claims, and she only has to prove one of them to prevail in court.

In a similar way, you can bring a hostile work environment claim and then add a retaliation claim because your boss’ treatment of you deteriorated after you filed the hostile environment claim. The retaliation claim is a bit like a caboose full of dynamite that is pulled around by a runaway train called Hostile-Workplace. Even though you can’t have retaliation without first having a hostile workplace, the retaliation is easier to prove, more feared by your ex-employer, and more likely to get you paid.

What Is a Protected Class?

According to federal anti-discrimination law, a protected class is a characteristic of a person who cannot be targeted for discrimination. The following characteristics are considered "protected classes," followed by their corresponding law:

  • Race: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Color: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Religion: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • National origin: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age (40 and over): Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Sex: Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Civil Rights Act of 1964 (The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission includes discrimination based on gender presentation and sexual orientation as protected beneath the class of "sex.")
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Citizenship: Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • Familial status: Civil Rights Act of 1968 Title VIII (Housing cannot discriminate for having children, with an exception for senior housing.)
  • Disability status: Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Veteran status: Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Genetic information: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

What Are Employers Not Allowed to Retaliate Against Employees Over?

When one participates in the EEO complaint process, that person is protected under all circumstances from retaliation by one's employer. Similarly, even if someone does not (or has not yet) participated in the formal complaint process but is still attempting to oppose discrimination, that person is still protected.

The critical point is that an employee must have a sincere, reasonable belief that what they reported is unlawful—even if they don't use legal terminology to describe it. Otherwise, retaliation is allowed.

Filing an EEO complaint, however, does not protect an employee from all disciplinary actions. Employers are still legally allowed to discipline or fire workers if the former are motivated solely by non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reasons, such as for poor job performance.

It's illegal, however, for employers to punish employees (or job applicants) for trying to assert their rights to be free from employment discrimination.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it's unlawful to retaliate against applicants or employees for:

  • filing or being a witness in an EEO charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit.
  • communicating with a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination.
  • answering questions during an employer investigation of alleged harassment.
  • refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination.
  • resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others.
  • requesting accommodation of a disability or for religious practice.
  • asking managers or co-workers about salary information to uncover potentially discriminatory wages.

How Do You Know If Your Employer Is Retaliating Against You?

It can often be very difficult to tell whether or not your employer is retaliating against you. Subtle changes in attitude or conduct can sometimes be confusing and tough to assess whether or not they count as retaliation.

For instance, if an employer starts acting extra professional and respectful toward you, it may not count as legitimately retaliatory, even if you're confident that he's doing it on purpose and for undesirable reasons. Legally, only changes that you can prove have had an adverse and negative effect on your employment and work environment qualify as retaliatory.

What Actions May Be Considered Workplace Retaliation?

Workplace retaliation can be any action that negatively affects your job, such as a demotion, discipline, salary reduction, or firing. Not all retaliatory acts are overt and easy to identify, however.

Here are some examples of retaliation:

  • physically or verbally abusing an employee.
  • giving a performance evaluation that is unfair, biased, or otherwise lower than it should be.
  • judging an employee harsher than before and with more scrutiny.
  • micromanaging every little thing an employee does.
  • transferring an employee to a less desirable position.
  • threatening to contact various authorities, such as calling the police or reporting on someone's immigration status.
  • spreading false rumors about an employee.
  • treating a family member negatively, such as ending contracts with a spouse.
  • making an employee's work more difficult, such as intentionally changing a work schedule to conflict with family responsibilities or excluding a person from important meetings or information relevant to their job.

Basically, if an employer's action would deter a reasonable person from making a complaint for fear of adverse consequences, it constitutes unlawful retaliation.

What to Do if You Think Your Employer Is Retaliating Against You

If you think your employer is retaliating against you, try talking to your boss or human resources representative. Detail what you suspect is happening, and ask specific questions about how they see it from their perspective. It's very possible that your boss might have a completely understandable explanation for what's going on.

For example, sometimes a change in shift occurs for reasons related to other coworkers or other situations you didn't know about. It's also entirely possible that an employer was treating you different without even knowing it and thus wouldn't realize the difference unless you voice your concern.

But if your employer can't provide a reasonable explanation for the shift in how you're treated at work—or you think that they might be lying—you should tell them that the new negative treatment you've been receiving only started occurring after you explained and demand that it stop immediately.

At this point, if your employer won't admit to any wrongdoing and refuses to correct the problem, it's probably best to take your concerns to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state's fair employment agency.

How to Build Your Workplace Retaliation Case

In order for your workplace retaliation case to have any chance of succeeding, you will need to prove a link between the filing of your complaint (or other actions that you think triggered the retaliation) and the employer's retaliatory behavior. The more evidence you can compile, the higher the chance of your claim succeeding. You can do this by documenting any behavior you believe to be retaliatory.

Here are some things that would be wise to document and compile, as they can help you win your case:

  • Evidence of how you were treated before making your discrimination claim, as well as evidence of how you were treated differently afterwards—ideally complemented with very similar levels of job performance during both times.
  • Information pointing to the fact that the disciplinary actions taken against you were not credible.
  • Proof that your boss has been angry or hostile toward you.
  • Evidence that you were being treated differently than other employees for similar actions.

As an example of the first bullet point, if your employer only started saying that your job performance was poor after you filed your complaint, you'll need to prove that they were pleased with your work beforehand and that your quality of work did not deteriorate.

Why Employers Hate Retaliation Claims

Employers and H.R. departments hate retaliation claims because even though there is a proven pattern of companies going to court against employees and prevailing against the employees’ charges of illegal discrimination and harassment, juries tend to find that the supervisors did commit retaliation—in the very same lawsuit. That’s what drives employers crazy.

Companies will spend a ton of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend an employment lawsuit alleging, for example, age discrimination. After all the effort, hours, and dollars, the company may prove that it did not discriminate against the employee based on age. Yet, the company may likely leave the courthouse a loser and have to write a big fat check to the former employee.


Because the former employee claimed both discrimination and retaliation. Since the employee won the retaliation claim, it really doesn’t matter much that they lost the discrimination claim. The employee still gets paid, and the employer’s reputation will likely suffer as a result of losing the case.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Kcb on August 09, 2020:

I messed up I started dating my assistant then was told by a member of my management team that it was against company policy so I stopped doing it but I had lied prior to HR about it because I was afraid to lose my job well in the end somebody recorded me without me without my knowledge and the company I work for terminated me

GEM on July 25, 2020:

How many years does one have to file a retaliation claim? Can one do this if they already filed a workplace bullying claim and lost - also agreed not to file again? Due to workplace bullying, I have suffered greatly emotionally and physically. I am now on disability suggested by Job Service and my Psychiatrist (I never would have expected this).


Brain on June 04, 2020:

For 7 years I was victimise for the super of the building. The attorney of the Board of the Building. For the Manager of the company. And the super and the delegate of the union member. They use the word insubordination . 2 temination in 7 years and 4 suspension. They want to damage my dignity. 4 strokes of heart. In the second stroke the super do not call 911. I was in the basement of the building alone with not cpr. No 911. No ems. After i try and try . At front of my home door. My family find my self and take me to emergency room. I was almost death and they save me in the hospital. They never paid me any money . Met life. For disability. Union disability. And no anything. After 2 another stroke and saving my life . I was 22 years work in the company and after many years at the end i do not find justice. Only peace

Yesha on October 22, 2019:

I work in school and one of my co worker show me an appropriate video that make me uncomfortable and he ask me if size matter to me.

I told my boss and I feel they didn’t done nothing. What can I do? Can I file case ?

JoyK on October 01, 2019:

Went to a temp sevice for sit down assembly. Said i didnt qualify i might fall on property and theyd be liable. I limp a little im 65 but am disable. Went to job because cant stand not many sit down around. She wouldnt evan give me a chance. Im a risk. Cried all the way home. Felt useless. Need to fight for all who are useless to employers. So wrong. Im also 65. Would appreciate some help.

Brandon on September 01, 2019:

Iv always had back problems and this the past couple weeks it’s been getting to me but Tuesday I got sent home and told not to come back till I had a dr consent saying i could return to work

confidential on July 26, 2019:

I have always had high reviews - worked 60 plus hours a week, had the most difficult clients and a lot of respect within the company. My boss has the other manager taking over everything that I touch, say and do - I have been in the industry for years. I am embarrased - totally depressed and a wreck! She is playing games and it is obvious to all what she is doing. I am up in age and maybe she is pushing me out the door - I want to be comfortable and not afraid to do my job because of the embarrassment that she will say that this other manager needs to have feed back. What do I do?

LauraBeth Culbert on June 01, 2019:

I quit a job due to child abuses I witnessed on it. Next day, employer calls me and says she received emails defaming me and that could cause it that I never work with children again. I refused to come in to the office to view the emails but told her to forward them to me. She refused. Can I require her to send the emails to me?

dcirrito on April 28, 2019:

I have been at my job for 11 years and I have had 3 managers. This last one is a micro-manager and he is not good with women.

My reviews were always above average on about 75% and 24% average with an occasional excellent but last year I applied for a better position in my company and did not receive it for reasons I believe are acceptable but HR lied to me and said it was my negativity which only occurred when they asked me about my current job. My boss has been a bully. He has a nasty reputation and carried it over from a previous branch in a different state. I've caught him several times hiding in a corner and watching me or struggling to see what was I was doing (which was my job)

Last year I told HR about how he was bullying me and that I have a disability which they brought up when they saw me struggling with the stairs, They said there is nothing they can do about the stairs or to move me. (there are only 6 of us that work up the small set of stairs and the other 90+ people work on the regular floor.) A couple of months ago, I was given the worst review I have ever had and I was written up for a load of issues that I told them I could prove were false. They didn't care. I have bent over backwards to appear less "negative" with my boss. But I fear that they will still fire me when that 6 month write up is done because very soon I may not be able to walk and they will have to spend considerable money to change the building for a handicapped female. They had it for a man that was in a wheelchair and sat on the lower floor.

Lin on April 20, 2019:

I am very interested to also speak to a lawyer I have a retaliation and harassment at work and due to high stressed my boss has to call 911 I been a recognized employee most of the time but doesn’t stop my boss demoting ma and hr never in the employees side .i filed case at eeoc and now in investigation enforcement unit 3rd step . I would like to hire lawyer

Nlmg on March 27, 2019:

Is there a way to speak with the lawyer who wrote this article?? I have sensitive information and would rather not post publicly

Rae Neal on March 26, 2019:

I have filed with the EEOC I am waiting to hear back from them. I was told during my interview to seek an attorney for a wrongful termination / Retaliation lawsuit. and feel I have been retaliated against for reporting to HR about harrasment from another employee as well as not being paid properly. After I made this complaint my Executive Director refused to do anything about the harrasment, refused to let me transfers to another facility, made threatening remarks to fire me. During the time I was there I was denied a workers comp issue, and had to be put on anxiety medication for sever anxiety and depression. My Executive Director made remarks about how I was not qualified for the job I had been hired for, and she hired a man stating he was more qualified. Before I quit due to the amount of stress and anxiety and having my hours had been drastically cut from 40 to 8 hours a week. Feeling that I could not support myself my husband or my son with these decreased hours and being told I had no other options in this company. I also feel my employer is slandering my name. I've been without work since October 2018 and have not had a single job offer, I feel that my executive director is saying bad things about me to other companies so I am unable to get employment. I have documentation for these actions, and I feel I have proof that I wasn't paid properly on my final paycheck. I has witnesses to back up my situation, my husband as well as a former coworker.

Bill Hammer on March 18, 2019:

I recently had a stroke about a month ago. I asked for ADA acomidations for 2-3 weeks of half days to make sure I was ready to come back to work, not only for me but also the company. If everything went good then back to normal if not then something else. The doctors also thought this was a good idea and but it on the release forms. The company has only one employee working per shift. I know because I've done many shifts there. I've been told by HR that the store mamagers don't like the half day accomindation and would only do an 8 hr. accomindation. The reasoning was that the store only has one employee per shift. My question was when anyone is trained two employees are there together, why was this any different. Is this not a reasonable accomidation request or am I out to lunch?

Stararur on March 15, 2019:

I work at a place at packing house where I was watching the Hispanics Force and gang up on the whites and blacks to take over the company APUSH. 2 CEO nominated their own it pushed out the plant manager nominate their own in the families of these people you are also getting positions of power in they're using it to belittle key phrases from being paid to employees who earned it and they're giving your family members dollar into our raises and they keep giving all of us whites and blacks and Indians right of every day saying that because we come at work are we calling that was supposed to be on time it would be wise we can be fired without a cause. My brother get a job at the place called greater packing plant he is a certified level six production maintenance mechanic whose work on Firefox injectors and of Esau's pneumatics schematics hydraulic line hook ups for bigger operations and he signed up to be a maintenance worker 2 Riser and they said they didn't have any interest because it position was already full 2 weeks later they hired six Hispanics he had no experience at all if it my brother in real life in a corner away from other Americans don't throw stuff they just hit him in the head with a bone with physically assaulted him in front of the my brother is a homosexual who only dates homosexual men so not really has he gone to that he's been assaulted push into a wall and knocked on the floor in the bathroom he reported it to the plant manager who said this is a no tolerance policy for discrimination we will we will take care of this immediately they moved my brother off that line and they said the reason they didn't fire the rest of it because they've been there so long it would be pointless to lose all them just for him and so harassment kept going and is it right to order my brother to get up there where all the Singapore's jumped off the line and we'll rebelling near all Hispanic they denied him the ability saying that they didn't have enough people staff too hotty have people stop enough to train every single Hispanic just came in in the last 3 years when you didn't have one day to train my brother who is an American citizen and a felon but I rehabilitated felon who is nonviolent train level 6 mechanic NFL game on tonight they write him up constantly put them on the list jobs because I don't want to pay a clean that's going to be filed against them is he able to follow that we're playing for good how we did because I understand correctly he told me that the cops and he was in prison with all around in a gang and give themselves a name for people that associate missiles by cells Paisano's that is also a gang in the independence centuries so when they thought under the RICO Act which is a violation of the Constitution that you are acting as an organized gang what can you do please help us Omaha Nebraska

Sd on February 14, 2019:

My GM had me hire her husband (she said she didnt know him it was just a guy looking for a job.) When this person did not perform well and i emailed her knowing she put me on performance improvemnt plan, when I informed they the statements in the performance plan were flase and i provided documentation she had me transfered to a different hotel knowing the hotel was in the process of being sold. The company also knew her hisband was working at her property after i sent a letter they transfered him to another hotel.

Nonya on January 31, 2019:

These companies will continue as ususal.. B\C if your not in a protected class or even if you are they will say it didnt happen and continue the work abuse as ususal with you there or if you decide to quit. They will find that loop hole and always say you are the crazy one. We need to make laws that protect everyone and pull these rats out of there holes. They are the ones hiding behind rules made for only them to benifit from.

THolmes31 on January 10, 2019:

Question ,

When I started a new job a coworker asked for my number he asked if I was married or if I had a boyfriend which I told him I did not . He then proceeded to tell me that he did not have a spouse or girlfriend . I work in a different department than his coworker , we texted about hanging out but we never did . Do you months later I was moved into the same coworkers department of which she oversees and is manager After an interview I was switched to his department . A month later I learned he is not only married but his wife is pregnant as well as another child . After finding this out I did not respond to any of his text messages or have any small chitchat in the halls can you text me almost every day and comments on my appearance, asking me about my day and keeps wanting to know about why we never hung out and even texted me to say ,”hey” after I respond with yes his text literally says Word for Word , “ this is not work related “ which I did not respond. I was told in the interview that I would receive 25 to 30 hours a week and for the first month I did . I called in One day I was scheduled to work because my daughter was sick . He Took me off the schedule for the rest of the week my hours have been you literally zero and Demoted to a PRN basis . Any advice????

Cristina P on November 13, 2018:

I work in a nursing home f 23 years. The past 4 years ive been sexuality harassed and groped by my boss I was denied my full time back...My boss asked f sex in return of my full time back....I almost lost my car. My cell phone almost on the streets..WHEN THE NEW administrator Come along and a new H.R i though can get help...But when i aproched the administrater and asked him aboout a meeting and discuss about my boss he denied my meeting. And told me whereawee it is hes going to back my boss up not me....Not long after that the same administrator ask me f my celll nr wanting to hang out w me to the gym.. how beautiful i am..After that the.H.R.a good friend if hes she fid everything possible to get me FIRERD so i wont be a problem f my boss the administrator.and the facility .3 years off hell fighting the 3 of them

MY boss the H R.and the administrator..I come foward about my boss to the same people who tried to firer me all along THE ADMNISTRATOR AND HR...THE FIRED MY BOSS BUT THE 2 OFF THEM. STILL WORKING...HR GOT A PROMOTION. WHERE IS MY JUSTICE? ???

Mary Shiflett on October 20, 2018:

I dont work here no more but i hurt my shoulder when i was working there last year told my manager 3 different times i hurt my shoulder he never filed a claim shoulder will hurt on and off would work with it hurting and he would ask whats wrong and would tell him again when i hurt it but never did anything about it what should i do about it

Stephanie on September 25, 2018:

I informed my manager 3 weeks ago, I plan on having surgery next week. Last week a co worker was a no call no show, 2 days. Both days I was accused of not showing up for my shift, was yelled at, and belittled. Just to prove I wasnt scheduleed those shifts. We arent allowed to copy or snap pictures of our schedule. I wrote down wrong day for a shift, so was a no call no show. And informed her I had a doctor appointment out of state on another shift. Her phone dont work most the time, so left note at work about it. So its not a no call no show. Was informed of manditory appointment the same day schedule was posted. I was taken off thenschedule for my last week of work. I dont have a job to come back to after a few months off after surgery, and the employee thst was no csll no show 2 times last week still has a job amd gets the most hours out of everyone.

Tawna Richards on September 01, 2018:

I have been at my job for 6 years. The assistant manager got sick. I was the temperary assistant manager and she didn't come back. My boss hired someone else for the manager position. The same thing happen again and she never came back due to illness and again i fill in. After 6 years and assistant manager for 2 years he hires someone else again. He said she was more qualified. What can i do. I was wrongfully not hired and my record is 100% with this job.

lifeinabox808 on August 30, 2018:

so my employer fired me because of discrimination . an employee liked me and was sexual harassing me so i put him on another schedule rather than firing him and he got mad filed a sexual harassment complaint against me and quit . what can i do?

Sara McMullen on August 19, 2018:

My boss is like a bad episode of Jwow from Jersey Shore. Thats literally how she acts. She will call you names and send you crazy texts on your day off, allow certain people to show up 1-4 hours late, gossip, intimidate, retaliate, point blank bi polar,...I do not see how people like that are employed.

Ashley R Huddlest on August 12, 2018:

My boss has cut my hours and another employees hours to give to a guy that quite and came back six months later we work only 2 days and he works 5 when i asked why my hours were cut she told me lifes not fair and its her store she makes up the hours and she dont have to listen when the other employee asked the same question she got all upset and stormed to the back every time one of the employees upsets her she yells and and either storms out the store or to the back of the store i dont know what to do am i just supposed to live with the comment lifes not fair?

Jamie stlouis on August 10, 2018:

Im a shift manager and my boss has a write up for me for supposedly having a bad closing but doesnt notice that other managers dont do a good job but is signaling me for some reason what can i do

EDGARDO BAERGA on August 04, 2018:

I called out sick from,work on,the 28th of july , I went to the hospital , and the doctor excused me for the 28th an the 29th requested that i resume employment on the 30th ...well,i gave the nessesary documents to him and he. Still xidnt follow procedure ..he didnt pay me ....what do i do ???...please help me ????

Mrsiamme on August 02, 2018:

I got written up, and told on my supervisor for the reason of my write up and later that day I was fired. Now after I been fired for 3 days, they withholding my check, this Friday will make it a week they haven't paid me, Is that retaliation ?

PizzaMangrCryING on July 23, 2018:

i need advice. a person i work with has threatened me 2xs now, this time i called police and reported it. my manager will not fire this guy. how can i sue this company for making me work in this environment

william sutter on July 06, 2018:

I got hurt last year and it cost the company money and no one got there bonus July 1 2018 always got my bonus last 20 years

Jessica Nickes on July 04, 2018:

I work for a company who is going through a big EHR transition we brought in consultants to assist and help train our current employees. My partnered consultant lacks communication and talks down to me. When I brought the issue to my manager they basically told me I may lose my job because they dont have time to deal with it. I need to listen and make it work.

Melanie mendez on May 09, 2018:

I have been out on work comp. The area manager does not like me. After my first surgery I retained an attorney. That was when it started. Suddenly I got wrote up twice for thing I did not do. Now in my area we have 3 shifts. We had one open. This manager gave an employee my shift and put me in the open one

Allen on May 06, 2018:

I work for a school district in New Jersey. I was out of work on family medical leave of absence. I have a great work record. Excellent reviews. When I came back to work two weeks later my contract is not being renewed. What are my options at this time

cleesp on April 23, 2018:

I had worked for the state and for two years. A employee who just started was sitting in the break room, I walked in a he yells at me, " you bitch". I did not even know him. I reported this to my manage, and to the union. They did nothing. I was the only female on this crew. After this no one would talk with me, they would meet places during work to break and they would tell me the wrong place.

This is a state job. They don't hire many females in this position, I had more qualifications than my follow employees.No one would work with me or around me, because I said something, I could not stand to be around it any longer. I was the only female on the crew. I resigned they would not doing nothing to help, they asked me to resign because I spoke up.

Chancey Cupps on April 22, 2018:

I. Have severe anxiety and depression, I have poor health, causing me to miss alot of work and I bring doctor note's in every time. I don't want to feel like this. I've been working at my employment for almost. 11 years, I am the only one who didn't get a raise. I'. It fair. Hr don't support me. My boss doesn't. I don't want to lose my job

j. adam on April 20, 2018:

my wife had sex with her boss , i called ,he answed her phone , and made her talk to me . a couple of weeks later she told me she did she filed a rape with police nothing came of it what should i do

Rh on April 15, 2018:

Torian is the new Marketing director Noemy is the General Manager the other people for the most part are in Marketing and or CRD (Consumer Relations Department) I'm a customer care representative.

Background: I am being reviewed for a lead position $18/hour. On 3/27/2018 in the meeting we agreed that I need to improve on effectively communicating. Example used - Don’t sugar coat the message, be clear about no returns or exchanges on product. We agreed that I should come up with possible solutions to issues before notifying a manager. Since then I have been providing responses to negative reviews / customer complaints for management to approve. I have also been directly involved with confronting fellow employees and giving constructive feedback.

John suggested I complete the Google Analytics academy so that I can fully understand analytic data as it relates to CRD. I completed the first course and passed with a great score. I have learned how to track what online behavior lead to conversions. I have come up with strategies and product campaigns for marketing. I have added the “customer purchase journey map” and “CRD road map” to the white board in the office to provide helpful information for the rest of the team. I learned how to configure Google analytics reports and I scheduled the two reports to run automatically. One report shows number of online visitors daily and the other is to compare weekly and annual reports relating to our website and online visitor sessions. I have successfully trained all new hires and continue to provide them with the necessary tools to complete daily tasks without any problems. I supply my team with quick responses / references. I stock the office with supplies and help bring water jugs over from next door. I take out trash, clean up the office and the parking lot whenever necessary. I take pride in my job.

I have been recording our Express Pick-up orders to ensure an accurate KPI. I am always offering support to my team even when off the clock. I have been recognized by Adam, John, Noemy and Torian as well as my team for stepping up and setting high standards / expectations. I am incredibly passionate about helping others especially our customers / medical patients. I received a 5 star review on weedmaps from a first time customer who’s never been into the store but was so impressed with the excellent customer care that he wrote a review. I make sure to state “all sales are final and we cannot accept returns or exchanges on product”. I also give an estimated range for price / THC content as to not misinform anyone. I do my best to update everyone on important info as soon as it is confirmed. I monitor my team and encourage them. I remind everyone of important tasks and meetings when needed to ensure high productivity within my department. I have been the lead of our weekly CRD meetings and creating the topics since February. I set goals and objectives for the team as well as come up with strategies for converting online and over the phone chats. I always offer to work remotely if anyone needs to be covered and recently I was scheduled to work 9 days in a row with no days off and I didn't complain. I received a wonderful comment in the comment box from my CRD team.

Issues I am experiencing with management consist of change in job assignments, change in job duties, change in shift without any warning. Lack of training / support, negative employment actions, from being denied a raise and transfer to a more desirable position, missing out on training and mentoring opportunities. Example: Monday April 9th there was a Marketing / CRD meeting scheduled for 2pm the meeting never started and I was scheduled to leave at 3pm and have childcare only until 3:30pm. I left and I don't know what time the meeting actually started but Makeda said it started around 5pm. My CRD team was not informed of the meeting and the schedule was never updated. Lily and Makeda were still scheduled to come to the traditional Tuesday CRD meeting at 2PM. When Lily asked Torian if he was still coming to the meeting his response was rude. I lead the CRD meeting as usual on April 10th. I have heard other team members (Damien, Hunter, Matt, Chuck, Lily) discussing they have been put in negative situations since the new management and they were planning a formal grievance complaint. I too have been assigned tasks with same day deadlines - on my days off and received rude responses or no response at all. Torian threatened to fire and replace us on April 2nd in the meeting where Hunter was announced as the person who will be responsible for creating SMS drafts and I am only responsible for responding because I'm just CRD.

This conduct created a work environment that is intimidating, hostile, and offensive. The department has become an unstable work environment and is intolerable. I ask for help and I am put down or ignored. There is harassment throughout marketing and CRD and it needs to end immediately. I can provide documents that clearly prove retaliatory behavior - the negative action (being fired) took place only after I complained. Indirect evidence of retaliation has been documented such as lack of other explanations for termination. I can show that Torian had no other reason for taking the adverse and his stated reason for taking action doesn't make sense. My record shows excellent performance reviews and no disciplinary actions. I can provide evidence that everyone was pleased with my job performance before the complaint. Federal law protects employees from retaliation when employees complain about workplace discrimination or harassment. The employer is automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative employment action such as termination.

What specific reason(s) will be given for the termination and how do those reasons square with your handbook or written policies? Just because “at-will” employment technically allows for termination without cause, the reality is that you must have clearly articulated reasons for terminating before you act.

How strong is the evidence? Did you review all the evidence before making a final decision? Consider whether a neutral third party would agree that termination was justifiable, given the nature of the conduct or the seriousness of the performance problems.

Is there documentation and, if so, how strong is it? Are there performance evaluations and, if so, what do they say? Performance evaluations often are given special weight by any person, judge, jury or agency reviewing your action. And we all know that performance evaluations frequently are not given the care and attention they deserve, which can be problematic if they reflect a glowing performance leading up to the termination. If, for example you have an employee with months of evaluations stating they are performing satisfactorily or better, who has received a promotion or pay increase, you need to consider the impact of this history in connection with the basis for termination.

Unless I am being fired for a discrete act of misconduct, firing long-term employees, particularly those with strong performance records, can be more problematic.

Employers should strive to create an environment in which employees feel free to raise concerns and are confident that those concerns will be addressed.

Don't fire an employee when you’re angry.

I'm owed penalties under Nevada labor laws termination pay rules.

When an employer discharges or lays off an employee, the employer must pay the employee all wages due immediately. Nevada Stat. 608.020; Nevada Stat. 608.050

Crystal Dunaway on April 03, 2018:

Hello, thanks for letting me comment. I have been at this company for 12 years and always have an exceptional evaluation and complements. I am and have been on intermittent FMLA due to a lifetime chronic illness I have called Crohn’s Disease. When my supervisor got hired as our boss if I would have to miss due to a flare up with my disease, I would hurry up and get back to work even if I was sore I didn’t want to miss work at all. However after she was hired if I missed a day and came back after having a flare up with my disease for several hours, which always causes me to be dehydrated and sometimes hospitalized. When I would return to work too soon she would put double the work on me and I knew it was because I had to call in. So then after a couple times of that, I started staying off like 2 to three days each time I had a flare up because it would just throw me right back into sickness all over again. I would be out until I was feeling well enough to go back and do the duties that she was going to put on me for being off.

My boss is my supervisor and her mother was our assistant director so if one was upset with me the both of them were upset with me. They would throw you the cold shoulder and get smart with you every time you would have to talk to them. Well to make a long story short for now. The two of them became so bad that there were so many complaint made that everyone was taken to the office individually I had already went to my director about this problem (we never knew what kind of day it was going to be because she was unpredictable I had like 6 pages of complaints that myself and my co-work had been ask to right, I was doing half of the supervisors job along with the (2) separate job titles I hold with the company. She was always threating to right us up all the time over little stuff that didn’t amount to anything and was nothing to fix just simple mistakes. Well in Aug of last year I had took a vacation day and my co-worker called me and said that she wrote her up and that she was going to find another job because she wasn’t going to keep going on at this job and let the boss ruin the good work history and references we have.

I had to go to a scrub sale with my boss one morning to a mobile scrub sale and she ask me if I wanted constructive criticism she then told me that I was a great worker and she had nothing to complain about my work (I though of course not I do half of your work too) but that I needed to leave my house earlier every morning. I have been having a lot of trouble with my disease when I first get up along with the fact that I have a rectal abscess now I am seeing a surgeon to get it taken care of tomorrow Tuesday 04/04/1018. She told me I like you because if I didn’t I would of already found a way to get rid of you . This was before she knew that we went to the director and Vice president on her for how she treated us. And that she was never in the store with us and we had no way of knowing where she was when she was coming back or anything. I then told my director that the moral in our department was very low and that I believed it was a hostile work environment. He said he would talk to her and took a copy of my notes to do so and he asks me if I was afraid that she would retaliate on me. I said I hope not my nerves can’t take anymore. My disease is very affected if I have nerve problems beyond extent and I am already on nerve pills. Well, that is exactly what she done and also teamed up with her mom at the retaliation. I have missed more in the last 6 to 8 months due to my Cohn’s disease. I have tried to just shrug her attitude toward me off but I just met my limit the other day I was at the computer doing something that I do for my second job title 1 day a week and she was something else,

So let’s see what all she has done in just this week I went to work on Monday sick with this abscess nerves going crazy and she was nagging at us all day. I was on my way to work on Tuesday and I had a blowout coming down the road. I followed all proper channels to let them all know I was going to be late and what happened. She still went in my director’s office with him and myself and wrote me up. And said I needed to leave my house earlier. That was not my fault. I then told her that I come through 3 school zones and had no control over what happens sometimes. I had to move into town further away from where I work after a divorce about 2 years ago. This only barely touches the time of the things she has done to me. For a whole week I had never felt so bullied and disrespected in all my life anywhere I have every worked before. She will now talk to the other girls and just ignore me after I put my notice in I can really notice that she doesn’t really want to be around me and makes me kind of feel left out, I do believe that It is because I am so emotional right now. This is just the tip of the thing that has happened since. I have even talked to her directly alone and cried and told her how I felt about the way I was being treated. I am not usually a person that cries very much anyway. But when I told her I wanted to put my 2 weeks in she really had me upset and confused that day she told me to put it in email and i told her I hope she was happy now and she had no response. I had been feeling like she was trying to get me fired because of the comment that she had already stated to me before she knew I went and talk to my director without her knowing on my lunch break. I felt I had to sneak.

anonymous on April 01, 2018:

while working at a very stressful job a fellow employee/supervisor yelled and swore at me in front of a group of contractors and another employee, I lost my temper, pushed him and I was fired. what can I do?

Lissa on March 23, 2018:

Is this page real were is your phone number?

Aenne on February 27, 2018:

Great article, but please not, re: the following: "You’re shocked! Anyone who knows you at all will say that you would never hold a person’s race against them. You are no bigot!"

The words "bigot" and "racist" are not interchangeable. A 'bigot" is someone who discriminates because of the other person's OPINIONS.

Anonymous on February 19, 2018:

Someone called corporate on my boss and he thinks it was me and it wasn’t and he pulled me in the office and tried to question me about it then switched it up and said that one of the employees called corporate me and i knew he was lying because i do my job and everything I’m suppose to. Another employee called me and told me to watch my back because he is tryna set me up. The employee said that he pulled several employees in the office today trying to get them to lie on me and make a statement against me all because he thinks I’m the one that called corporate on him. And i wanna take it to HR but I’m scared that he will make my job a living hell he already trying to get people to lie and make statements on me

anonymous on February 19, 2018:

my job made me take my nails off and change my hair color even though it was the same color i had when i interviewed and got the job. i work in a hotel and there are others that have crazy colored hair and there are at least 2 people in my same job that have colorful nails,(that was the reason i was told i couldnt have them) i feel like i was discriminated on and i dont know if its something i should go to hr with?

Do Not Track on January 31, 2018:

Hello there,

I am here with some hope for the relief from the stress. I will be very thankful for your help and time.

I have a very strange competition going within me. Should I fight for the truth or let it go and let the bad influences win?

I love my work and workplace. Suddenly, there was a shift in our environment.

How did that happen?

CEO met one consultant and he just became a puppet of this newly hired consultant. VP1 questioned few things concerning his area of work and he got fired.

Why it matters to me?

Because I used to report to the VP1 whom they fired after 10 years of great service. VP1 was nice person who cared for the people who work under him.

Why they fired that VP1?

Because he opposed the actions of mighty people. I am disturbed by these. I can’t concentrate at work because now I am afraid to lose my job since this consultant doesn't like me because once I had to stop him for his wrongdoing. In one high-level meeting, the consultant was blaming us despite it wasn’t our fault. We did follow some actions after confirming with Consultant’s Account manager assigned by consultant as point of contact. Consultant didn’t like it and blasted us in front of CEO, VP1, VP2 and few other people. Instead of backing us up or asking a single question, CEO has started singing prayer of the consultant. I felt defamed and stressed.

Now situation at the work is worsened. Consultant, CEO and VP2 don't like anyone who stands up and says anything about anything.

Actually, they had a replacement for the VP1 and that person got fired too (within 2 weeks) because she identified wrongdoing and speaking about them.

When she was leaving after meeting with HR, Former HR, CEO and VP2, she made a comment in front of the whole company about me and one more guy saying " Person2 and Person1(myself) are on our consultant's list and they will get fired."

Since that day I feel insecure and disturbed and defamed in front of the whole company.

Please let me know if I should navigate to a better workplace where I have better work-life balance (if any) or should I fight against these negative energies?

This workplace makes my personal life more unpleasant where I am already trying to work with my especially abled kid. I have a whirlpool of emotions now and I really don’t want to sacrifice my daughter’s care.

Do I stand any chance legally to teach a lesson to these powerful people? And do I have any chance to get any compensation if I get fired or even if I don't get fired?

Beevis on January 21, 2018:

My boss told me he would give me money for a hotel then he would meet me there and we could discuss giving me comp time, I said no, now everyone is working on jobs and he tells me no, oh yeah I'm the only woman at my job

Sherry biesecker on January 04, 2018:

My boss constantly tells me I have no common sense and ridicules me in front of the hotel guests she treats me way different than the other employees the other day she shoved me and threw pillow cases at me

Duncan on January 01, 2018:

Boss constatly humiliates me in front of co-workers who are sick of him doing this to me, also just last week actually slapped me in the back of the head.

Zusuni on December 17, 2017:

work from home and I have to go to the office to pick up some materials, I asked my boss to return home during my lunch and finish my shift at home since someone takes care of my son and I prefer to be physically there, she forced me to take 4 hours of pto because she felt i wasn't going to be focused . I think she was assuming that because I am a woman I would get distracted? I have worked from home for 2 years , top of my game in productivity and my performance is praised constantly , even by her , do I have a claim?

Cry on December 01, 2017:

Back in Oct. I had a coworker throw away a report I do weekly for them. She has been there as longer then I have and didn't even know what the report was for. Anyways she said she wasn't doing it and would catch it in follow up. (Per my supervisor she is still in 2016 on follow up) So said coworker takes another coworker out of the office when they come back the one that there the report away flipped me off. I reported everything to my manager and she said she would talk to th e coworker. So she tells the coworker what I told her. Next day no-one says one word to me. At about 9/10 that morning another coworker come in and says loudly j,a,d I need you in the hallway now. So four of my coworkers go in the hallway by my desk and they are all yelling and I can hear my nam e being said multiple times. They come back in the office and talk loudly and making fun of me in a subtle way. I tell my manager about this and how i uncomfortable I feel and how hostile it is. She tells me I need focus on my self and them, I also bring up them going in the hallway and she says yes I know but they were not only talking about you. I seriously cried everyday at work and when I left from things they would say. Fast forward three weeks I was in a car accident with my family where we rolled 4 times. I was out of work for a week. No-one touched my work while I was out like we are supposed to do when someone is out more than 2 days. I had a splint which made it hard to type. None at work or my supervisor asked how me and my family were instead my cowrkers made remarks about accidents and why I came back. I quit. I told my managed every week that I was not going to work in a hostile environment. She refused to move to an empty desk and instead moved the only girl I talked to leaving me with the ones that hated me. Do I have some sort of claim?

Nikki Schofield on November 30, 2017:

Hey. This past July , I started having health issues. Aug 31 , I had to go to the ER bc of severe urinary retention issues. I was able to work. Few days in September up till September 7. The 8, 9 , I had to call off work bc I couldn't walk. September 11 I was admitted to the hospital bc I had a blood clot in my right groin. Was released from hospital that Friday to go home. Well while in hospital ultrasound found two ovarian cysts pressing on my bladder. After I had recovered from the procedure to insert a stint in my right groin, I had surgery to remove the cyst pressing in my bladder. Surgery went great! Able to pee again on own. Anyway , at my post surgery appointment with my obgyn, I was given s work release that stated Nov 7 I could return to work but with restrictions till November 28. Bosses refused to try to work around restrictions. So I was unfortuntaly unsble to work September- almost all of Nov. Returned to work this Tues, and going out that my bosses has given at least four of my work days away, along with this hours to my REpLACMENT while had subbed for me while I was gone. Both bosses had promised me I'd have my job when I returned. So , idk y but both bosses seem to think I can't handle working my normal ful time schedule 6 days a week. Instead I'm only working FOUR days a week! I have No restrictions , but they r treating me as if I still do. Ive been with one boss TEN years, the other FOUR. I feel as if I'm being punished for being as sick as I was and for not having been able to work for three months. FYI, I work with horses as a stable hand at two horse stables, cleaning stalls, turning out horses etc. My question is: is what they r doing legal? One more note: the "four days a week" would only be temporary and I'd get back to my 6 days eventually. Thru want to have me come back slowly. Well I feel that BS bc I am totally recovered from my oct 17 surgery and healthy. Was just wondering what I should do. My original plan was to see if things change in the next two weeks. If by the end if December, nothing's changed I'm going to unfortantely give my two weeks notice. I don't get it, before I head to leave work , they treated me fine. Now, they r treating me totally different! I've been very depressed bc o f these issues I have going on concerning work and in also frustrated , along with the fact it's been effectibg my mental health. In my opinion I can't make a living only working FOUR days a week. I love my job working with horses is my passion! But lately since I've returned to work, it's not as much fun as it used to be before I got sick zvd had to leave work temporarily.

Ali on November 19, 2017:

I was fired for an incident that happened two and a half weeks prior to me being fired also 2 weeks before that my manager plant manager came out and accuse me of selling drugs at the workplace do I have a case for a lawyer

DEBRA ROBERTS on November 15, 2017:

I am the only LPN among the RN's at work, my coworkers treat me just like an equal, my nurse manager continually bullies me. She has told me that I need to stand up straight and smile when I am at work, and that is just the tip of the daily critical remarks I am told. I am to listen with my ears! I do not file the orders in the right direction, its absurd and the other nurses have shared she never once talks to them like that. I am sick with anxiety daily, stomach trouble, I can not take much more

Chris on November 13, 2017:

I worked for a car dealership for 18 years in 2016 I was struck head on by a person on there cell phone the person was given 4 tickets my job texted me to remove my stuff from building then let me go is there anything I can do it was not my fault and work comp is being difficult

Katherine rizk on November 07, 2017:

Omg- I am disabled, and was verbally assaulted and threatened by another employee, and my boss said that it didn’t happen- I was off the day after the assault, tried to contact boss,could not get a hold of him, so got to work the following day to talk to him about it, and was told that all of the witnesses, claimed it didn’t happen- I was telling him about the incident, and he said, come on Katherine, tell the truth, what REALLY happened- I was shocked, I got up, and walked out , telling him how horrible the store was to work for, and stressful environment, causing me to not even go to work some days- I have worked for the same company for 5 years prior to my accident and was trying to work again- I was basically forced to LIE, and quit my job- what can I do???? I am still in shock about the whole incident!!!! Please someone help!

Jamie rosa on November 06, 2017:

hello I had a discrimination case in New York state and I was suing my employer due to a car accident and ever since that I filed a human rights case he is saying nothing but lies about me saying I was belligerent to other people call workers and I wasn't so New York State said I didn't have a case but I could rebuttal it does the employer in New York state have to come up with statements from the people that are accusing me of being belligerent to others in the workplace

Carol Deckard on October 22, 2017:

Started a job this last Jan, at a pawnshop, in may I started recieving training for asset manager and they were hurrying the training process as my boss was goin on vacation, was told once I got the shop key and alarm code & safe code I was goin to get a raise. A couple weeks before my bosses vacation they rehired a formor employee (manager) that had walked out on them a couple of years earlier. Turns out she’s a control freak and a bully and actually has no costumers service skills on how to talk or treat the public, she is so negative & unpleasant. She knew that she had been hired (because of her experience within that shop) and that she got my promotion and I was never informed that was goin to occur & that I wasn’t goin to be a manager, as they had been telling me of the good job & how fast I caught on. So over the last 3 months working with this new floating manager (she works between the 3 stores so that the actual store manager & myself could have days off. I have been notifying my boss and the owners of how rude she’s been to customers then she started directing it towards me as customers didn’t want to deal with her, they came to my desk or waited til she wasn’t there and even calling my cell to not have deal with her. It finally went to far when she called a young lady that is lesbian a snatch face and called another woman a lying bi... and cursing out another gentleman, we had words and a customer walked in on it then they had words and I called the owner and so did the customer and she made a complaint on her. The owner had a phone meeting with both of us and the very next day we got into it again over me wearing perfume and the owner was called again by myself and after my regular store manager & the owner had a meeting a new schedule was made for this next week and I lost a whole days work which was 8.5hrs overtime every week and she got a talking to. We will no longer have to work together but it cost me money that I so need as I support my disabled husband. Could use advise plz

David Core on October 17, 2017:

I had an instructor accuse me of being confrontational in my questions? I believe he is Gsslighting me? When I responded is it me being confrontational or do you have an inferiority issue? Then nine months later he brought me in front of a retention board. I need help

Rhonda on October 12, 2017:

I was fired from kaiser permanente in Georgia for not clocking out for lunch which I emailed my manager multiple times complaining of heavy patient load and not being able to get a uninterrupted lunch break and also for leaving 30 mins early from shift every now and again but 2 weeks after i was fired my manager sent out a email admitting she had been monitoring employees time and see that many in fact had been leaving early but i was the only one fired, never had any write ups warning and my evaluations was always good. Is this like retaliation? That's what it feels like discrimination and retaliation

Dianne on October 08, 2017:

my employer fired me after 6 years of good service with no write ups, and even had a promotion. My union took it to arbitration.I lost the arbitration based on falsifies video documentation. The employers lawyer also filed the falsified evidence with a government agency which is a felony. One of their attys promised the DLSE atty a job with their firm. AM in LA

Cindy on October 01, 2017:

Subway at 1261 in greenfield Indiana fired me after working there for 15 months. I was sick for 2 day's and got fired over that. I never missed work always showed up early stayed over if they needed me.

Mae on September 22, 2017:

Ive worked for my eployer for 7 year..ive been cussed nearly eveyday i work if not me another employee and i mean every day my employer also kicked A plate at me and. It hit my leg theres so much more do i stand a chance

Latonya on September 19, 2017:

I had a issue with my supervisor about a cup I was call in the office but when I got in the office my warehouse manger stated to me that he had wrote me several of time but I was never provide or I didn't have any acknowledgment of any write up in my files and i never sign the write up he claim he wrote on me so I went to his boss an explain and told him what was going on at the warehouse how we was being treat so the next week I was ask to be move off his shift but he wouldnt move because I felt I was going to target and I was a couple of weeks went by I was let go for the same write that was never provide to me in the first place so indeed to know what can I do about this

You Already Know on September 16, 2017:

I believe there must be a solution to this. Aren't our formers demanding that we face our loss and move on? Is it not easier for both sides to do so? I'm going to stand up for what I know. But I am willing to talk it out...since it seems more worth it for the other side now that the communication has re-opened.

anonymous on September 12, 2017:

My boss retaliated against me and made stuff up. My evaluations were good . I ended up going to HR and literally asked them to let me go. I was shocked at the high turnover in the department before I ever stepped foot in the company. I ran to HR after a second false claim. It took me months to get another job. I took a severance which I now REGRET. I should have brought a claim against them.

LJ on September 10, 2017:

My first day of work started with my new boss telling me about how he just got back from vacation, where he and some girl he had met online, did a day boat trip in the nude; he asked if I would ever do something like that. Then after lunch, he took me to the office and told me all about my competition when I was being interviewed and selected for the position. Then, he told me that he makes employees' lives miserable, should they ever become a 'problem employee.' Later, he hired an employee who was unqualified for the position and right off the bat, she wasn't coming to work. Another supervisor and I reported this to the boss and he said, 'I'll take care of it;' yeah, he took care of it, he told the girl that we were reporting information about her and she started to retaliate against us. Soon thereafter, the boss followed suit. Lo and behold, we found out that he was sexually involved with this female employee. Once the entire building started complaining about her and her not coming to work, my boss moved ME me from my office to a horrible cubicle in another building and told me that I'd better behave. He then moved the little girl friend into my office and she promptly told everyone, "see, that's what happens when you talk about me, I'll get you moved or fired!" I filed a law suit. It has been hell. Hopefully, I will prevail, but this is a government job and I just couldn't stand by and watch someone collect a check, when she wasn't even showing up to work, much less, even doing her job. They have tried to ruin me, it has been awful, but I'm standing strong and fighting.

Dave on August 08, 2017:

I got really sick one day went to work with my left side of my body turning numb and heart was pounding like crazy. 2 managers inappproached said I was faking and wouldn't let me leave. After 20 or so mins I felt I was going to pass out and demanded to be let go and then 1 manager Rudley let me leave saying "you better go to the e.r if your really sick" I did go and had a mild stroke and when I notified the general manager of my time off needed and how upset I was with the managers the manager that sent me has not spoken to me at work since i returned. He conversates with every employee but when I enter the room he turns away and gives me the cold shoulder. I feel very uncomfortable and my anxiety is through the roof. What should I do next. I work with a very unprofessional management team.

Lisa on July 12, 2017:

I worked at a major medical center in Maywood. My coworker was a bully. My director and HR director wanted me to change the facts of my complaint. They threatened me and caused me to feel sick. Now on short term disability due to anxiety and depression. Unable to work. May never be able to return to work per my Dr.s due to this woman, my director and Human Resource Director. Oh well.

Grim Reaper on June 17, 2017:

I have been through a living hell in the past year and waited too long before I saw an ATY, I did document very well, hundreds of emails, supporting my allegations of retaliation and discrimination. Had an ATTY file this week

john on June 05, 2017:

so I filed an osha compliant on Friday. on Monday I was called in the office by supervisor. she asked whats been bothering me and I told her that the our no smoking policy in warehouse is not being followed and that there were some safety issues I am concerned with. she told me if I wanna "play this way" she will fire me. I explained that I had already filed with osha. so she sent me home for the day. this is in the state of Nevada.

Nerd Girl on April 11, 2017:

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BD on March 10, 2017:

the owner of my company is a woman and has told 3 male coworkers not to talk to me because they get distracted easily. I am engaged to be married this year and in no way are our conversations inappropriate or not work related. I feel ostracized or punished for being a "distracting" woman, yet the owner nor my boss will bring this issue to be directly, I only hear of it from my coworkers who say they have to leave me alone because they were told to, or else. is this discrimination based on sex? I'm so confused, but it doesn't feel right. I've been with the company for 6 months and this has been an issue since the first 30 days on the job. Also, this has never been something I've dealt with with any other company or position. What;s going on and I how i handle it?

Carol on February 28, 2017:

I feel I am being discriminated at work by my manager who wants me out. He treats me like shit humiliates me in front of all the young employees. Talks to me like I know nothing. I. Cry all the time at the office and feel sick when it I time to go. Please help me what can I do

Theresa on September 08, 2016:

I worked for a major supermarket here in Australia for 12 years, I was terminated last week, due to apparent food safety breaches, I have a co worker who I will now call toxic, she done everything she could to set me up in the last 2 months, she knew what she was doing, planting undated stock, removing process by stickers, cheating on wastage, running to the store manager with issues not concerning her, as soon as I would go home she would get stuck into her corruption, she knew what she was doing, and very smart how she done it, I have now been the victim of a toxic co worker, who was after my job, and me being the nice person I am, and my other team telling me not to trust her, calling her a sneak and a snake, I should have stopped being nice, and listened to my team mates, How does one prove there co worker is toxic.

julie on September 03, 2016:

I work for the state of California and let me tell you, the management gets away with everything and the victim gets punished. I am being bullied, harassed, retaliated and discriminated against by a Co-worker and my boss who are friends.

I was not going to complain until a male Co-worker pushed me in my cubicle and hurt my back. I thought now It is becoming a physical assault and I got really scared. Guess what, he was never punished and this happened in May 2016.

I feel I have no rights as management is doing nothing. I have 15 pages of documentation on my boss and my Co-worker. I found out I have to go out of my agency to get help.

I am now going through the governors office and fair employment and housing.

The management have broken all of their policies. I thought physical assault was a crime. I have talked to attorneys but they do not want to be bothered with the government plus they want you to be fired in order to get one to represent you.

I am suffering from severe depression because of the hostile work environment. I have gone on interviews but no one has called. Is it possible that my boss could sabotage me getting a new position by giving a negative feed back?

Irene Howell on January 16, 2016:

Im am going through these same things but when they fire you they make you work your shift then you hand in keys and anything else and any thing else thats not yours to your supervisor . its like they are laughing at supervisor is the one that was gunning fir me and his sidekick who he really likes. What can i do im scared im alone id i am fired ill be homeless i went to big boss about it he said not to wory but they are sneaky.

mazee on November 18, 2015:

I once was swone at by a co worker to which lucky enough I was far enough to be unable to get and moer her...I reported this to my manager who then immediately seny an email to this co workers dept manager,Main Manager and HR,informing them of the incident and how she didnt promote,feels a meeting should be converned to discuss the matter,i was copied in that email.this was a year ago a week or two after that (no response from either HR,or her dept manager and her main Manager) I went on leave for 3weeks,came back still no email from them and my manager wasnt sure as to how to answer me when I asked what was the response if any.this coworker has since stopped talking from me,her dept manager&Main manager both since has an "attitude" just like the coworker talk only if forced,e.g phone call yes very minimal and we see each other daily which really doesnt bother me at all. now I am forced to go work in this other dept (been complaining abt coworker,dept man and main manager) because they feel the workload and results will be better if I moved in with them,go figure.fair enough as long as im working same as what I was doing in my dept same salary fair enaf atleast im not being fired.

Now please tell me,will my company have power to fire me,if this co worker now does swear at me again when im now working in her dept,where chances if she does again I will probably clap her resulting in a fight,woman pride??? remember I was once verbally abused by this co worker while I wasnt in the same dept but same company&building and I reported to my line manager who then reported to the other 3 managers incl HR,of that incident,yet till date they never gave me if any action taken basically they ignored it.Now if I end up taking the law,cause I feel I dont get paid enough to take that verbal abuse from their employee BUT they choose to leave the problem brewering,and now I am forced to go work with all those managers& my "favourite "co

ann on March 01, 2015:

Work retaliation it starts in school kids are bullied not only by other kids but at my kids school the teachers are the number one bullies.I advocate regularly against it. But i am one of very few. We need to start young so are kids r not victims to this in the workplace.It is sad i see if first hand kids in some ways are learning tolerance eg. Fear of retaliation. conerned parent of nys

MALLEN on January 15, 2015:

I disagree with the statement "you cant have retaliation claim with first having the hostile workplace". Its well established that you CAN. You cant CLAIM retaliation without CLAIMING that you exercised your rights under applicable EEO laws. But you can be dead wrong. The only requirement is that exercised your rights in good faith. For example,your obviously the best candidate for a promotion,far and above the competition. You just strait up check all the boxes. They interview you. It goes great It gets back to you that your boss was in the cafeteria saying that "Women just shouldn't be promoted to those levels,they are just to emotional" A few days later,they announce that "due to budget cut backs the promotion is not going to be filled for the time being".And on top of that,your the ONLY woman in the entire office. So you make a complaint. Your boss is very angry and starts retaliating against you. He gives you twice the work load,and even the best you do inst good enough. He fails you on your performance eval and puts you on a performance improvement plan. The goals he puts in it range from barely defined (so that anyone could be shown to be failing it), to simply impossible. Then they fire you for not meeting the PIP.

After tracing the alleged comment from your boss back person by person starting with who YOU heard it from,it turns out the person that said that was the janitor. In fact,it was overheard by a manager and the janitor written up for it. It turns out your boss was not even in the building,and it all can be proven with security camera footage. On top of that,it turns out the promotion really WAS canceled due to budget cuts. In fact, there was someone in the head office who knew the budget cuts might be necessary if certain contracts were not renewed and he someone prepare a list of positions that would have to be cut if it happened. That's all documented in email from 3 months before you even applied for the promotion and HR had been sent a memo not to hire anyone for any that were open until the particular date that they would know if the contracts were renewed or not. At 4pm in the afternoon,they had announced the promotion canceled. At 10am that morning, there is an email from the client that said they were not going to renew the contracts. Just to put the cherry on your companies sundae, the description for that promotion you applied to says that 80% of the work is OVERSEEING those contracts. And making it even worse for YOU, the paperwork to promote you had actually been submitted the week before, there's a thread of 100 emails and a two hour teleconference that it turns out was recorded,like all the calls in your workplace by the phone system, where your boss is really going to bat for you,telling them how good of an employee you were and trying to convince them that they will replace those contracts within 6-9 months,but how an employee like you might not wait around and that they should promote you now to keep you rather than risk loosing such a valuable employee.

Its hard to lose a case more thoroughly than that. You were simply dead wrong about it. Is not just that you cant prove it. They can prove their case beyond a shadow of a doubt. And on top of that,you just insulted,humiliated and majorly pissed off the person who was actually on your side.

But you also alleged retaliation. You were top notch employee for 10 years. You have witnesses that will testify that your boss was "irate" about the "lies" that were being told to try to "get him fired". Those same witnesses remember when he said,in a staff meeting, that "He knows whose responsible for this BS" and "mark my words,shes going to find out I'm not someone to screw with".... and your the only woman that works there. Then he proceeded to set you up for failure,and then fired you. In fact,he didn't even bother to hide it. After he fired you,he laughed about how "I showed that c*&^ what happens when they f*(& start that EEO crap with me"

So yea,you could not just be unable to prove your initial claim. You could actually have it proven dead wrong. But that allegation,true or false could touch off a pattern of retaliation that was very real.

Pete on September 22, 2014:

Long version short with no important facts left out*** working doing electrical work this time last year, never has my company bout even as slight as a $20 electrical know how book from lowes or anywhere. So i only know what ive watched other do or helped on an remember, same with my supervisor at the time so between 277/480 volts went through the breaker pannel to the switch i turned on and i wound up 10 ft back and on the ground real quick well i got up took a break went back to work my supervisor didn't take me to get checked out or anything. Few days go by i start hurting more but been taught to just be tough thought it would go away 44 days later a in the er cant take the pain. Go for an mri next day to discover i have herniated 4 discs and pinched my nerves making my left leg almost useless and ive lost all muscle from waist down on left side. So i file a claim get denied andforced myself to get to work because they instantly quit workin me. So been treated like trash since to the point the last 3 months ive worked 3 days total and told there hasn't been work and tere has been plenty so i want to file asap and just need to know where to file a discrimination suit of some sort please help i broke my back for the company i worked for since 10th grade and now that i got injured im being screwed please help this is trash!

Canuck on August 30, 2014:

I am in Ontario, Canada. After working for a company for 10 years and getting steady raises and promises of higher position once they acquired more places, I became pregnant. I immediately was removed from my management duties under the false pretense this new guy was training to be area manager. I didn't cause issues because I was having a high risk pregnancy and needed to have my hours to go on maternity leave. Throughout the pregnancy they did cut some of my hours and th new duties required me to stand for 5 hours at a time. I ended up going on sick leave two months before my due date. I took one year maternity leave as we are entitled in Ontario, paid monthly my benefits portions, and when it got back they put me at a different location and demoted me to supervisor. It has been 1 years and they forced me to go on rotating shifts - which forced my husband to nearly quit his job to stay with the baby, and they refuse to give me more than 4 shifts per week and they are always the same shifts - closing shifts on the worst nights. They are now cutting an extra shift every other week. I did jot receive bonuses since I became pregnant - I had bonuses every year for 10 years prior to that. I cannot simply quit because I will lose all and any termination and severance pay and I cannot get a job at the same pay rate without going back to school to get a degree. I worked 10 years to get to my pay rate. They promoted a man who was less time with the company to the position they always said was mine. Help.

grantg on August 16, 2014:

If there has and currently is a proven racial discrimination lawsuit in process, can a discrimination complaint be made since so many managers are involved directly with n the lawsuit? Because there has been such a collective involment of management in these convictions, many employees are or can be subjected to these discriminating behaviors. So my question would be is itvgrounds for setting a protected class complaint that could lead to a retaliation claim later? And because of fear of retaliation from numerous management persons, could A claim be made without a a specific name, but rather say management in general to protect anonymity and retaliation?

jen on July 28, 2014:

Omg grow some balls people, it really bothers me how everyone is complaing. If you don't like your job quit! Its hard yes but don't blame anyone else for your unhappiness at work. I have an employee who complains about the same stuff that you guys are talking about, and it is all in her head, ive tried to be nice but its getting really ridiculous. She is bipolar and gets very crazy, where is our rights as managers?

eNeLrAD on June 11, 2014:

Oh where do i begin. I works as a sales associate at the shoe store inside big department store. All employees are part timer so its understandable that they get differents hours every week. We don't mind that. I had ask the team lead (the one that do the schedule) numerous times that i am available to work anytime and would really like to work more/longer hours if possible. She keeps saying she isn't able to do that. But i could tell that she doesn't really like me. Every time i asked her she will do the opposite and give me less hours than others. She keeps telling me that the hours given are based on sales goals and job performance. I know i am doing my job right because i have always manage to make the most sales out of the whole team. I have reached out to our district manager about this and she suggested that i talk to my lead on how i can have more hours. Im guessing she didn't like that i reached out with d Dm and continued to being rude to me even more after that. So many sales associates had come and go in our store but i remained because i really love my job. 2 weeks ago, there was a new hire and i was surprise to see that she is scheduled to work more hours than me so i question the lead and she told me its because its based on sales performance, how is that when the new girl just started. I got so upset on how she was talking down on me that i asked if i could just leave for the day because i wasn't feeling all great. I needed to get away to calm my self. The next day i received a call from the dm saying i am being suspended for job abandonment. I send an email to another district manager and the vp and i guess my email was fwd to HR. Hr was questioning me why i was able to contact the vp and not HR. I am now on day 2 suspension. hR is saying if i wanted more hours then why did i leave work?... I don't know what's gonna happen to me but this is really making me depress, worried and stress. I feel like i have been discriminated... I dunno what to do....

Frank Sellers on May 01, 2014:

I disagree with the following statement in the closing paragraph:

"Even if everyone knows that your boss is a mean-spirited jerk, he doesn't believe that he is a mean-spirited jerk."

Jerks know when they're being jerks, they just don't care. They get drunk on the power to get away with abusing people. And when companies let bullies get away with being bullies, they just become bigger bullies, more arrogant than before because a challenge to their atrocious behavior went down in defeat, usually thanks to apathetic upper management.

rl on April 29, 2014:

Canada claims to be so fair, unbiased, prosperous, and happy. It is all just a scam and fraud. They are like used car sales people trying to get some suckers to buy the crap junk vehicles nobody wants, and they will do anything or say anything to suck people into the sucker deal. Canadian citizens and immigrants with all kinds of education and experience can't find work worthy of their experience because governments, private companies, agencies are drowning in a culture of lies, excuses, inefficiencies, and game playing to waste everyone's time. They bring in limitless numbers of unneeded Temporary Foreign Workers to take away jobs from citizens because the corrupt Canadian employers want a cheaper source of manipulated, ignorant, slave work force that will submit to any kinds of indignities that citizens would not accept. The foreign labour corruption scandal is now spreading across Canada and hopefully will cancel the TFW Program.

All should do research into what Canada is selling you a set of fraudulent expectations to citizens, immigrants, and foreign workers. Read all the comments on, (Victoria, BC, Canada),,, Yahoo Answers, Better Business Bureaus, "Why Some Immigrants Leave Canada", and others.

Toni on April 17, 2014:

My former employer is angry that i quit and is giving out private information about my medical issues and medications...I have proof of this and I don't know where to begin to put this to a stop. This explains why I am not getting any call backs on my job searches...Help!!!

bonnie on March 28, 2014:

I can't go out of my house I don't want to talk or see anyone. Sept my employee had to report relationship with a contractor to hr he wanted me to go for support in the past he said people were fired. While in the meeting he started to sob and told the hr that I am treated bsdly. Hr said they have heard through grape vine but I needed to report. I promised I would. Oct my boss called me a f-ing idiot I made compkaint hr called me in two days later and grilled me for hours,told me investigation would start. Jan I'm on vaca had to move the first week got called in and I advised time off and could not due to did not fond house and took time off for that purpose. The following week they called me in on wedd signed lease Thurs went in on time off. Investigation was over accused was in meeting he was found innocent and they put me on performance pkan . the performance plan had every aspect of my job which meant I did nothing. Following week all performance plan met. They then asked about a sore on chin back in DEC do I remember? Yes did you say you got dick slapped? Now I didn't but just agreed I had no way to bsave myself from the path they were taking. I was put on suspension then fired Feb 3 which I was not aware of, until mar 25 I didn't get my w2 until then and also last paycheck which means they had for month plus. I wrote them I wanted to Inquire if employed and advised I had no choice but to admit to all there was at least four people and accused in office each meeting. That sexual harassment did not happen in fact it happened to me by asking if I got dick slapped in a room full and accused.

That is when they said they called number on file and someone else answered no longer mine. Had not changed my number then they said due to move the letters were returned. The last check and box were they spent over 300$ on shipment. I live around the corner 1.6 miles away.

Then my w2 and term letter were back dated you couple clearly see no one had mailed those twice. And the check and box had two prices on them.

I didn't sexually harass anyone I went above my job most times putting in 12 hour days. So please advise within two weeks of investigation found myself on suspension.

Timiarah Camburn on January 13, 2014:

This post really hit home. I was in a hostile work environment situation not too long ago, and I am now working at home because of it. The job I had violated just about every employment law in the book too. It was right out of soap opera everything that happened.

I initially tried to solve my problem with HR, but I learned quickly that HR is NOT on the employee's side at all. I went through so much emotional and professional hell there that I can still smell poop today. At the end of the day, I had to give up my job to save my sanity, and all the bullies scumbags over there are still fine. Oh, and I was "wrong" too for going to HR. The scumbags actually had the audacity to punish me and try to make me feel guilty for utilizing HR for the exact reasons they exist: to report certain employment violations. Go figure.

Sometimes I wish I would have taken them all to court, but I didn't even have the energy to be bothered with it. Don't need their money, because it's dirty anyway. Hope the place burns down.

@Amir, I'm still traumatized too. Get therapy. See an employment lawyer if you feel like being bothered with public scrutiny and such. I don't. Technically, you could still sue.

Dave on August 26, 2013:

Never "Tell" on your boss. Instead try to get in his/her good books or find a new job. The only exception is if they break a serious law, a real law, not some lefty unionised nonsensical law. Get a grip people its a dog eat dog world, that's human nature. No outside interference from employment law makers can change the fact that we are all responsible for how our own relationships with our bosses pan out. If you can't motivate yourself to impress your problem boss and show him/her your on their side then your going to have the same problem everywhere you work.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 21, 2013:

I feel sorry for those who are stuck in a hostile work environment, but the tips you've provided are valuable if they do decide to do something about it.

baseonatrustory on March 14, 2013:

After filing a compliant against my boss about a week and a half ago, my position was eliminated the following week because lack of funds but I was just hired two months ago in a position that was just created. Retaliation?

Clarence E Thompson on November 06, 2012:

I come to work on time actually 20 Minutes early. I was told by my boss somebody said you are not happy here lets go to see the LTC 05 in the Army and get you moved (where and why I don't know). Now I don't get any assignments to do anything. I offer to do things and I don't get no response just ignored. Other people get talked to in our section meeting but I'm never included sometimes a sourcastic comment. Don't know what to do.

victim2012 on July 09, 2012:

I worked in a company for almost 5 years and I'm on time, I'm doing my job but there were incidents that my employer wants me to sign a document even though I don't have to do it to protect myself. But suddenly the management found out that I signed some of the documents. I was in trouble and they fired me and force me to signed my termination letter stated the reason why I got fired. I did not do it on my own I just followed my employer to do it and she lied and denied it. I can't do anything just to pray for justice. I don't know what to do?

Debbie Klein on June 10, 2012:

I am writing on behalf of a friend who has had a miserable time in her city agency Office of Child Enforcement. Her superiors have written her up for things she didn't do. It started with a supervisor in 2007 that made her life miserable. It seems that people are being told to write her up. She is also in bad shape and needs a loan to stay in her apartment. She has had two arbitrations that never went through. She tried to talk to the union but they are in cahoots with the others. What can she do.This is very serious and I would love to report it.

Anonymous on June 06, 2012:

I cursed United States because she has blood stained on her hands, the Whore Stupid!

Lidz on June 06, 2012:

I have recently heard that I am being discriminated against. I work for a company under a big company. i was told today that i am a distraction to the workplace and that the bigger company's head man, said he'll deal with it. I am a girl, age 21 working with all men, mostly older. I'm afraid they'll fire me or try to find another reason to fire me to mask the intention to do so cause im so said to be called a distraction. my job, though not too commonly, consists on needing communication with others in order to do my job.i don't really know a job that where communication is not essential. i dress accordingly and do not expose any skin that can deem as sexual. i have worked there since jan 19th this year and this was now brought up. i am also being watched by the head man and higher company since this week. i get along with the guys i work with and on break when they talk about things, i can tolerate their vulgar and obscene language about their women other women etc. i basically think of myself as one of the guys,as an equal, though i don't talk about those subjects etc. now since this "being a distraction" popped up, i am thinking maybe I am being seen as just another girl, and talked about in such ways etc. Lately I've started to feel uncomfortable around the guys i work with in the underlying company i work for because work hours and money have been an issue even since i started working there and have continued. Our supervisor writes the hours down, we have no time clock. he has stated on occasions that when a worker walked out before telling him his hours, my supervisor said that he won't give him those hours.or even if he's in a bad mood etc or don't feel they deserve it etc. Alot of people had issues with that, even I, til i recoreded my hours myself as documentation compared to his. I've been feeling uncomfortable lately because of this. The other guys are complaining about him and myself included. Tho i play no role in their hours, i am no supervisor. they happen to think I'm making all the money,taking theirs, or that if I'm no longer working for the company they will have my wage. I am paid hourly with a wage but they are not. they are paid by the product that comes in. the guys talk behind peoples back and i believe even mine to have made the remark about what I earn. Lately I just been afraid my job will be at risk here on both these subjects of "being a distraction" and how everyone is mad about their money and concerned with what I make etc, because now all of a sudden, am the talk of the work place. I do part of my supervisor's job because he goes and do odd jobs with the other guys, so i have to find out what's going on with the products in his stead. I also have overheard him on the phone with our boss giving him updates, since our boss doesn't reside much in this company building but in another hours away. he told our boss about any or all complications we had etc. he would say wonderful things about himself with work and be praised. if something goes wrong he'll say "she did this or that" and sometimes including that "we'll we fixed it now." even when I hadn't done nothing wrong or did what he said i did. I've been talked down on, that others where happily to share with me about the comments. Being called stupid asked how much I wood charge for obscene things. i was even questioned to my face if this job paid more than my other jobs and even more than stripping. I never did that but the kid came up to me and asked that, either assuming, or whatever he was trying to do. I love my job and I'm afraid to lose it over all this. I don't know what to do or what could be done. We have no H.R to talk to in the building and are not in a union.

Trevor Holmen on June 01, 2012:

hi I was a travel agent for 9 months for this travel agency , and I worked so hard and the manager always said Trevor is like my bitch,we would joke about it ,then I went on holidays and came back and they were so happy I was back,then a month later got a email from them that I got a client complaint that I was rude and it was the 4th time it has happened ,well this is the first iv heard of it,so I went to boss and asked him and he said Trevor your not a hard worker we are getting tons of complaints ,so I went home cause I was getting mad and wrote an apology letter saying that I would appreciate knowing about this stuff and that I'm sorry if I may have been rude to clients ,but I was never I'm trying to network build my career,so they were nice to me all week then Friday came and they let me go,so ei called me and said they sent them 41 emails saying that I was bad at emailing and rude to customers and so on ,so now I'm behind on bills cause ei won't accept me what can I do ? They are slandering me to service Canada

nicole on May 30, 2012:

who said UNION have right, but only if they have a bargain with the state you living it. and i don`t think you want to live in alabama!!!at last you are an african-american. i read all the stories, just horible, when you think that nobody there to protect you, you are just a slave, EEOC=a jock.was funny somebody that ask how much will take to have an answer(if positive!)from EEOC. i tell you, in one year maybe you see something in better, but this not mean they will protect your job. whay everybody talk and don`t do something about it?!the big diference and the worst thing is that all this employers have alot of money for pay attorneys and they don`t care about you, or you, or you...who many of you make a lawsuit against them?how many lawyers look at you?to shut up is the best thing, but sometime, you can`t. to find ather job=ok, but sometimes, nothing better to find!and your age and your children and your... stres...etc...i think the bigest problem, we are that we just talk and don`t take action, together, don`t be just..ME, to be ..WE together. usualy when show up a proble the first reaction is to judge the person, not to understand this person, like a person is just an object, not a human bean. what we can do biside to tell our real-sad story and cry inside of us, and be angree frustated or what ever ?! i fiel with EEOC, one year ago, and where i am? i tell you wors(with anather employee) and i`m very depres and who cares?! maybe you should ask your self what do this country for you,like a human bean (not like a tax-payer), biside what this country want to do for her. my points is , the government should take action first, but you know the goverments is=we the peoples, so... start somewhere. if every unhappy employee will write a letter to the president, or to his governor, should work something in better.

jacqueline bear on May 18, 2012:

im mother of 3 and have teenagers and a 5 year old we live just outside selkirk manitoba and iv recently been fired. i work with people with disabilities and at this job i was there 1 year. the people we look after are just like you and me there young boys that just arent ready to be on there own most have just turned 18 and lived in cfs. some have fetal alcohal sindrem. and 2 our with scitsafrena. and 6 months ago i picked up one of the boys from a home visit he asked me for a smoke and to bye him a coffe i told him he just had a pack and needs to learn to save his smokes and that i cant afford to give him smokes all the time and said no to the coffee so when we got back to the unit he called my boss and told her that i layed in his bed one day and was touching his feet with mine. i then got suspended from work with pay for a week then got called in to the office and told that they found out these things were not true but id be on 6 months probation because of the survarity of the insident. i was a little upset cause i didn't do anything. i thought why do i get ponised. but i still had my job so i went back to work. then my 6 months reviwe was done and it took me by surprise because i was offten told that i was the best worker and i really did work hard i never sat and watched tv like everyone else. and at the review i was 100 % on everything but the way i work with the other staff and i thought i got alone with everyone. i really had no idea that staff were saying things bad about the way i was towords them. my nature is i joke around alot but don't mean any harm but some of the staff were thinking i was serius so i went around to all the staff members and said i was sorry i really never ment to cause anyone to be uncomforable but at first no one would tell me how and what i was doing .. meaning they wouldn't explain a situation that i did so i could try to understand and change the way i am.. so from then i tried as hard as i could to always smile and make small talk with all the staff members because before i would either clean or id be hanging with the boys talking or teaching then different way to cook... ext ... then 1 month ago my superviser asked if id train a staff member i said yes this was on a saturday day shift 8 am till 4 pm.. the boys slept till 10 ish am then we were cleaning the house i said to the boys if they helped with cleaning the house quick wed go for a ride maybe go to the park or wash the car and go for slurpies .. my treat. the staff i was training said she was going to the other unit because shed be working there most of the time so im not her boss so i said ya i guess so then me and boys went out we were back at 1 pm and we left at 11;30 am and the staff member i was training left before we did to the other unit. when me and the boys got back we watched a movie and didn't see the other staff member till almost 4 pm... come monday morning my boss was yelling at me and i said hold it ... that's not the way it happened .. this staff member and one of our team leaders made this big story that made me look pretty bad so i asked the suerviser if we could all meet together she said yes then we did on that Monday.. they made it out like i left the new staff member alone in the house and she chose to go to another unit because she didn't know what to do and also said that i left all day that i was gone for 6 hours but both team lead and new staff said this but the truth came out so they were caught in a lie. then life went on .. all of a sudden 2 weeks later i just got home from work it was on a friday i get a phone call saying that im being put on suepention for kissing a resident on top of this head and giving one the the boys a message.. all i could do was cry i then asked what day that i was to have done this.. surprise surprise it was the saturday that stuff all happened happened 2 wekks ago .... the end resalt on this suspention wasn't given to me for 2 weeks and i got fired the big boss also told me that they asked the resident if this had happened he told them that it wasn't true. so really the person she said i did this too told them it dint happen and i still got fired. over the phone and 2 weeks from then i got sent away with the 2 weeks suspention pay and reverence pay of 500 bucks .... please help i am so sad about this i loved my job and would do anything to get it back but now that Ive been put trough this i don't even know if ill ever be able to work in this area again cause of the new rule that came into affect march 1 that anyone's that's been investigated it will go on there record and don't matter if there inncent or not ... im a good person im a little out spoken at times but i try to help anyone who needs and im load anywhere i go you'll hear me but over all i have a good heart... if someone knows what i can do could you please give me a call 1-204-955-2490 thank you very much for reading my story everyone have a great day

Name on May 17, 2012:

What you people need in your work place is a Union. :) These things will not happen if you have representation.

patricia on May 16, 2012:

I worked as a temp for this company and there is a perm employee that works their whos always making little remarks about the temps that they don't have any rights and that she could get them fired so that's what happen to me she did not like me and she told the boss that i have been picking on her and that's a lie she said that the boss would take her side and believe everything she said so the boss did not want to hear my side of the story and wronfully fired me for something i did not do i felt discriminated.