How do you deal with harassment in the workplace?

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How do you deal with harassment in the workplace?

How do you deal with harassment in the company when it is the CEO of the company
who is harassing and bullying you and you’ve taken to the owner of the company?
I’m afraid to be fired? I’m constantly edge because he is complaining about
everything I do. I believe he is acting like this because I declined his
advances which I considered to be inappropriate? Also then I went to the owner
of the company?

Asked on November 6, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If he is harassing you due to your race, sex, age 40 or over, color, national origin, disability, or religion, you can contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file a complaint: the law prohibits harassing a person because of these characteristics.
But if the harassment is not due to one of these reasons, it is legal. Employment in this nation is "employment at will"; that means, among other things, that there is no right to employment; that in turn means there is no right to be treated well, fairly, or professionally at work. An empployer may be bullying, may harass, and may make work awful, so long as he is not doing so for one of the reasons given above, and your recourse would be to seek other employment.

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