What are my rights if I recently quit my job due to my manager constantly being hostile towards me?

UPDATED: Jun 20, 2015

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What are my rights if I recently quit my job due to my manager constantly being hostile towards me?

In my situation this includes cursing me out, talking bad about me as a person and my character to other employees, constant yelling and belittling and making me follow certain rules which he didn’t make other employees follow. One certain time there was only 3 of us on the shift and my manager and the other employee were talking only Spanish all night long. At the end of the night he made a statement to me that he was doing that so I wouldnt know what he was talking about and started laughing. I have many complaints to my main manager and have also talked about the situations with the GM on one occasion but the belittling and yelling continued.

Asked on June 20, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

This may be a case of  a "hostile work enviornent". To be considered a hostile, a workplace must be one that prevents the employee from doing their job in a reasonable manner. A co-worker (including a superior), either by words and/or actions, must create an environment that is counterproductive to the employee performing their work duties. And these behaviors typically must be "discriminatory" in nature and are not just a result of rude or unprofessional behavior.

Note: You may additionally have a claim for workplace discrimination. This is action taken against an employee because they are a member of a "protected class"; in other words unfavorable treatment based an employee's race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, etc. It's hard to say without more details.

Tha having been said, as regards a hostile work enviornment, based on the facts presented you have an actionable claim. At this point you may want to consult directly with an employment law attorney in your area or with your state's department of labor.

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