A conversation of mine was taped by a subordinate. My employer told me to never bring it up again.

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A conversation of mine was taped by a subordinate. My employer told me to never bring it up again.

My conversation was taped by a team
member that I managed. That
conversation was shared with the head
of our small towns HR manager which
happens to be a parent. My area
manager told me that this was to be
never brought up again. The area
manager and our store manager told
me later to put pressure on the taper to
fire her. I didn’t. A hostle environment
was the created towards me by store
manager and area manager till I quit.

Asked on June 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Utah


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There is a common misunderstanding or mistaken belief: it's that a workplace cannot be hostile. That, however, is entirely incorrect: as long as the hostility is not based on hostility against certain protected categories (e.g. against someone due to his/her race, national origin, sex, religion, age over 40, or disability), the workplace may legally be incredibly hostile and unpleasant, and there is no right to quit because it is hostile. So unless the hostility represent illegal discrimination against a protected category or group, if you quit due to a hostile environment, the law views that as your free, voluntary choice and you have no rights (whether to sue or to unemployment benefits).

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