How can I stop my employer from harassing me?

I have been with my employer for 5 years. About 4 months ago, I was relocated to a different workstation. Shortly after I relocated, I noticed a bug in my area, I followed protocol and reported it. I sit on a floor with hundreds of other employees and on a daily basis, clients, members and other visitors visit the office. I was advised my employer exterminated the floor after my initial report and found no evidence of any types of bugs. That was the last I heard. About 6 weeks later, I get a call from employee relations telling me that although no bugs were found, they wanted me to have my home an car inspected for bedbugs as a precaution. I advised them that I did not have any bedbugs at home, I was then told that my area had tested positive for a possible scent. I told them I recently moved into the workstation and someone sat there prior to me. They told me that even thought they found nothing, I would need to have my home inspected. I refused, based on the fact that they are not ordering any of the other employees to take a home inspection, I don’t have bugs and they found no bugs on the premises. I also advised I would gladly have a home inspection if everyone else had to do the same. I am now receiving daily emails and I am being harassed, the most recent email was pretty much a threat to my job. What are my options? I can’t concentrate at work and feel I am being targeted because I made the initial report.

Asked on June 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Maybe you are being targeted because you made the initial report--but that is legal. The law does NOT prevent an employer from singling out an employee for different or worse treatment than other employees, and does NOT require that all employees be treated the same or fairly. Based in what you write, what your employer is doing is legal, and if you don't comply, they could take action against you, up to and including termination.


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