Do I have grounds to file a lawsuit for harassment?

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Do I have grounds to file a lawsuit for harassment?

My employer and my area manager have been making threats almost daily about giving write-ups and terminating me on the spot without reason. My manager tells my co-workers what I do wrong instead of telling me, causing me an endless amount of shame and embarrassment. She calls the women bitches off handedly while she yells that nothing gets done and she’s going to start,

Asked on December 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Certain hostile or harrassing work conditions can be unlawful if they are caused by some form of actionable discrimination. Yet, as unprofessional, rude and crude as your treatment is, it is not clear that your it rises to the level of being illegal. The fact is that most employment is "at will", unless a worker is covered by a union agreement or employment contract. Accordingly, a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit or deems appropriate. That having been said, you may have a case for discrimination if it can be shown that your tereatment is due to your gender, even though your boss is also a woman. At this point, you should consult directly with an employment law attorney in your area. After hearing all of the detiails of your situation, they can best advise you further.


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