Do I have grounds tofile workplace harassment against my employer?

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Do I have grounds tofile workplace harassment against my employer?

I don’t want to lose my job but the Assistant Principal at the school where I work screams at me, checks on me every minute, or emails me if I am not on my duty. Also, he added more duties to me but not to another employee who works with me (because that employee is always friendly with him). When I told him that I was going to be 2 days absent for a medical procedure he even wanted to know what my operation was for. I am from Peru and I see that he overlooks other workers but picks on me all the time. When I returned they asked me for a release note from my doctor ASAP but they didn’t asked another co-worker.

Asked on November 16, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

While your boss's behavior towards you is certainly unprofessional, it does not violate the law.  There is no legal obligation to treat employees fairly, respectfully, politely, etc. Employers (or their supervisors) can be rude and they can favor one employee over another.  What an employer can't do is to discriminate against an employee on the basis of a protected category (e.g. race, religion, age, disability status, or gender).  Also, this behavior would be illegal if it violated company policy or an employment/union contract is some way.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you can file a claim with file with your states department of labor and/or you can consult with an employment attorney as to this.


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