What can I do about a manager at work who creates a hostile work environment for me?.

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What can I do about a manager at work who creates a hostile work environment for me?.

In the past he has been verbally abusive. After a recent complaint I filed against him I was told that if he needed to communicate with me it would go through my boss. Just recently in a meeting, this manager forced me to tell 20 co-workers why I was medically unable to share the responsibility of taking on a new task. I currently receive accommodations due to chronic illness/disability and he is well aware of it. Other co-workers expressed their unhappiness with my ability to help after he publically singled me out. I have worked there 10 years with no issues until now.

Asked on June 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, a manager can be as hostile as he likes to employees; that, among other things, is part of what "employment at will" effectively means. But there are exceptions: a manager may NOT harass, discriminate against, or take other negative action against an employee due to his or her disability; the behavior you describe, publically "shaming" you over your medcial condition or disability, may well constitute just such illegal, disabaility-based discrimination. You are advised to contact either the federal EEOC or your state equal rights/civil rights agency and file a complaint on this basis, and/or to discuss the matter in detail with an employment law attorney--you may have a valid legal claim. Good luck.


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