What can I do if I’m feeling harassed by a superior at work?

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What can I do if I’m feeling harassed by a superior at work?

I filed a complaint with our headquarters in regards to things occurring for the past year that was making me feel singled out and harassed. Since then, this same person has continued. I am getting to the point that I just want to quit but I have a family and cannot afford to do so. What can I do? I am not the first person he has done this to, in fact one other person has already left because of him. It was taken to our head boss as well but he and this particular person are very close friends so nothing gets done.

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

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The difficulty may be that most "harassment" at work is legal. The law does not require an employer to be fair or professional, or to treat employees well. A supervisor may treat an employee badly for any reason except for certain specifically illegal forms of discrimination: e.g. an employee may not be harassed or discriminated against for his or her race, religion, age over 40, sex, or disabilty. (That's under federal law; your state may add a few more categories, like nationla origin or sexual orientation.) Apart from that, however, if your supervisor doesn't like you or treats you badly, that is legal.


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