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Harassment and retaliation

I have had some issues at work after I
report the manager for drug use to the
general manager. There has been
retaliation, harassment, and unfair
treatment to the point I couldn’t take
it anymore. The general manager has
also yelled, verbally abused me and
humiliated me in front of co-workers
and customers. He also tried to force
me to sign a write-up for something
that was not true and when I didn’t he
wouldn’t let me return to my work
duties and instead started to harass
and put me down in front of other
emlyees. The situation started to
escalate and I told him I need to leave
until I could speak to the owner about
what was going on. Is there anything I
can do about this. The general manager
also treats women badly he says we are
whiney, needy, and complain too much
and yells at us. When he has issues
with men he takes them to a quiet
private area and talks to them with
respect.

Asked on February 7, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you have reported the different and negative treatment of women (which is illegal: employers may not treat women and men differently at work) to your employer, as you evidently have, and the employer has not taken reasonable steps to correct the situation, then you may have a valid claim for sex discrimination at work. (The employer gets a chance to correct matters after you report them; but if they don't take that chance, then the employer may become liable.) You could contact the federal EEOC or your state's equal/civil rights agency to file a complaint.


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