What to do if being I feelI am being harassed at work by my boss?

UPDATED: Sep 15, 2011

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What to do if being I feelI am being harassed at work by my boss?

About a month ago I had a heated conversation with co-worker which I reported to my supervisor and she reported the next day. Because of it I received a write-up. That supervisor who wrote me up no longer works here. The new supervisor who got promoted is now (after 3-4 weeks) writing me up again for the same situation; he stated that the other write-up was invalid. The new write-up was extremely one sided, so I refused to sign. Now my supervisor texts me to come in on my own time to talk to him and his boss regarding all of this. I need my job what can I do?

Asked on September 15, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You say you are being harassed at work. The issue is, are you being harassed due to your race, sex, religion, age over 40, disability, national origin, or some other specifically protected category. If you are--if, for example, you think the harassment is motivated by your race--you may have a cause of action for illegal workplace harassment.

However, if the harassment is not due to any of the above reasons--it's not because of a protected category--you probably do not have any recourse. Employers may  be unfair to employees, except as per the above; a supervisor may show favoritism, or treat badly an employee he or she simply dislikes or is angry at; etc. There is no law requiring a workplace to not harass an employee, other than the the laws prohibiting discrimination.

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