Do I have an option to sue my employer for creating a "hostile work environment"?
I am a supervisor for the marketing department at Sam's Club. The manager's rotate yearly and I am on my third rotation. While I have NEVER had a problem with anyone, associate or member, my new manager seems to be trying to get me fired or to quit. She is often irrational one minute and apologetic the next. She was told by her boss (the GM) to be aware of her condesending verbal attacks however they have become worse. Now I have been told to comply with my job description I have to have a vehicle everyday I work. She has given me 30 days from August 29 to have a vehicle or find another position. The thing is, my car died a month ago and while I own a van that I have access to on Mondays, my husband uses it for business. Not to mention, my job description does NOT say anything about having a vehicle, it only says that I need to have a valid driver license. She has yelled at me, backed me into a corner and embarrased me in front of my subordinates. I am at my wits end and now would rather go back into the current jobless market than work with her. I have anxiety type attacks when I have to go to work and cry so I don't physically attack her when she is upsetting me. I had to start taking medicationtwo months ago to help these problems but she is driving me to quit my job that I have personally excelled in. I have already discussed this with her boss and called the WalMart ethics hotline who told me to take it through the chain of command all the way to the CEO. I feel like the work environment is hostile and inhibits my ability to work productively if at all. Please give me some advice. Should I consult an attorney?
Asked By: trtlhanmer - 9/4/2011
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I have always heard that the law suit or EEOC complaint based on "hostile work environment" will work ONLY if you can document significant evidence that the hostility is against you based on the fact of your gender, your race, your national origin (if other than USA), or your religion. In other words, just general... More
Answered By: Meša - 9/4/2011
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Prolly...ask a lawyer
Answered By: Fred - 9/4/2011
Get lots of recordings as well as witnesses. Thnik deep pockets.
Answered By: Love big words - 9/4/2011
The only thing that you potentially have a case on is the car and the job description but the other item on the job description almost certainly says "other duties, as assigned... More
Answered By: A Hunch - 9/4/2011
No. The hostility seems personal, not because of race etc. I don't think you have a case because the lawsuit would have to be against the company. You can't sue because of personal problems.
Answered By: CW - 9/4/2011
What you describe, while unprofessional and unpleasant, does not meet the legal definition of a hostile working environment. A boss being a jerk doesn't qualify.
Answered By: Judy - 9/4/2011
Being mean isn't illegal.
Answered By: the kid - 9/4/2011
If your job description does not include having a vehicle, it is non of her business. You you are not traveling for the job then this is just something, it seems, that she has made up. Her harassment is out of control. You should have witnesses write a letter to verify what they have seen. ( these are hard to get as... More
Answered By: Laurie - 9/4/2011
You should document the date, time, and incident (keep a journal/log) of what is going on along with witnesses who were present. 1. Consult with an attorney 2. Go to the EEOC - they can help you.
Answered By: urbangirl - 9/4/2011
This directly violates "Respect for the Individual." I agree with the Ethics Hotline to take it all the way up the chain of command, but I would also contact an attorney while you're working your way up the ladder with your complaint. Though if you're fired for not finding a vehicle, it will likely fall under the "... More
Answered By: Ann - 9/5/2011
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