Can I sue my employer for harassment/emotional distress?

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Can I sue my employer for harassment/emotional distress?

I have been asked to relocate by my employer and I am getting a pay cut. They have also moved my relocation date a couple of times but have started paying me lower wages. I am to train a manager from a different department to do my current job. Today I got an email from my supervisor stating that my relocation is dependent on this manager getting his training. I have ended my gym membership as well as my lease, so I am practically homeless. This, in accordance to the original relocation date. They have not offered me a relocation package and I am staying with a friend now. I feel stuck but I need to keep working because I have bills to pay and I feel like my employer is just stringing me along. This situation has put a lot of stress and work has become a hostile environment for me. Is this grounds for an harassment lawsuit?

Asked on January 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Dakota

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A harrassing or hostile work enviornment has to do with an employee receiving unfavorable treatment due to their race, religion, national origin, age (over 40), disability and the like. And you did not indicate that this is the reason for your employer's actions. Accordingly, unless you have protection against this treatment under the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, you have no claim here. The fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit.  


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