What can I do if I work for a family owned company and am being harassed?

My boyfriend’s father owns it. Lately his wife has been harassing me and threatening my job. She has posted pictures on Facebook of me with very inappropriate captions. She has also publicly threatened my safety and job. When I brought it up to the owner he told me to ignore it. Then she posted that he was in on the posting. The stuff she is posting includes my name, picture, where I work,and more.

Asked on September 12, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the hatassment is because of your sex--for instance, the wife thinks you are flirting with, etc. her husband--this maybe illegal sex-based discrimination and you could file a complaint with the EEOC or your state equal or civil rights agency. It would also be illegal if the harassment is due to some other protected characteristic, such as your race, religion, disability, or age over 40. But if she aimply does not like you, it is legal the law does not require on adult to like another or treat that person fairly, even at work or in an employer-employee context.
 
Posting true information about you is legal, as is posting publically available contact information, like your address. Posting negative opinions is also legal. However, posting untrue negative factual statements about you may be defamation, and you may have grounds for a lawsuit. It is also illegal to post certain confidential information, like your social security number, or bank account or credit card number.


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