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Fired after reporting harassment

I got into a small argument with the manager at work about the write up I felt wronged upon. I had asked him why I was getting it and he couldn’t provide me with an answer. After our argument I had went into a corner to calm down and he proceeded to stare at me from his desk. After a few moments of staring at me he walked up to me and started harassing me telling me to get the

Asked on May 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

IF the harassment against you was due to your sex (e.g. you are female) or was because you were reporting sex-based harassment or discrimination, you may have a viable claim for compensation: the  law prohibits harassing/discriminating against employees due to their sex (or race, color, national origin, religion, age over 40, disability; and in your state, for marital status, gender orientation or gender identity, too), and also prohibits retaliating against employees for reporting such discrimination/harassment. In this case, you could  contact either the federal EEOC or your state's equal/civil rights agency about filing a claim.
But if it's simply that the manager is bully, doesn't like you personally, etc. and not that you were personally targetted due to one of the above protected characteristics, you have no rights or recourse. The law does not enforce fair, professional, reasonable, etc. treatment: an employer may harass or bully employees to his heart's content, so long as it was not directed at the employees due to one of the above-described protected categories.


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