What can I do if a co-worker has been harassing me for the past 1 1/2 years by making up stories of things that I’ve I never done?

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What can I do if a co-worker has been harassing me for the past 1 1/2 years by making up stories of things that I’ve I never done?

She has been going around the whole company talking behind mine back, including to my manager. She has convinced the manager into giving me all the low duties because I am the youngest,

Asked on July 21, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You have a couple of potential options.

The first is to go and talk to the HR (human resources department) to raise a concern about workplace harassment.  Sometimes this will resolve minor issues before they get worse. 

A second option is to arrange a consultation with an employment law attorney.  There has to be a motivation behind her actions.  If she is simply a horrible person to everyone, then you won't have an employment law complaint.  However, if her actions are based on some type of other bias (gender, races, sexual orientation), then you may have a complaint for workplace harrassment.  These types of complaints usually have to be filed first with the government agency, then you can file a lawsuit, if needed. 


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