What remedies are there for a work situation involving a supervisor that is verbally abusive?

My husband is a supervisor at a local manufacturing facility. HIS supervisor has, on numerous occasions, been verbally abusive towards my husband and the other 3 supervisors at my husband's level during management meetings. The verbal abuse includes yelling, foul language, and threats of termination. None of the abuse is discrimination based towards any of the "protected" classes such as age, race, handicap, etc - nor is it of a sexual nature. So from what I have been told, there is no real legal grounds to stand on against this abusive manager - you can't take legal action against someone for just being a really bad manager and a total jerk. I have suggested to my husband that he file a complaint with the HR department, but he feels that it would be useless, as this particular manager is higher on the "organizational ladder" than the HR staff. Any thoughts or suggestions on how my husband should handle this? Please note that finding another job IS an option, but one that would cut my husband's income by about a third - with a family of six, this is something we can ill afford.

Asked By: ldn_angel74 - 4/27/2006
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Ya got to train your bosses. He's got to give it back like he gets it. His boss treats him like that because he has told him that it's alright to do so by not talking back... More
Answered By: normobrian - 4/27/2006
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dont put up with it report him or get hubby to get new job sure he will good luck
Answered By: glasgow.guy - 4/27/2006
pray for him till you mean it.
Answered By: john_killebrew - 4/27/2006
WOW, I've been in this situation before and it's not easy. You don't want to get fired, you certainly don't want to quit and then have to explain it to a future employer either. I'd suggest that he quietly - not on company time - start getting his feelers out there for a new job. Many times these kinds of people have... More
Answered By: lisaclara - 4/27/2006
Since you said the boss was abusive toward the other 3 sups at the job site, he might have an action under the National Labor Relations Act. If your husband's job is unionized, this might definitely be so, but even if its not, there still MAY be an action due to the collective nature of the abuse... More
Answered By: Girl360 - 4/27/2006
Well, I was in the similar situatin at my current job. My boss, who transfered to another store (because of what i did) to let her know it wouldn't be tolerated. She used to make little comments about my husband & make fun of him because he's from another country. She also used to ask different employees about if I... More
Answered By: midniteluv2 - 4/27/2006
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