What can I do about harassment at the workplace?

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What can I do about harassment at the workplace?

My boss has called me so many derogatory names that I called HR; they didn’t do anything. I found out that the VP told them not to worry about it since we push each other to be better. I took a video of her cursing me out for no reason and now she’s trying to fire a personal friend of mine just because he’s a friend. I asked for a transfer but they denied it. So I then asked to be demoted, however they denied me again. Do I have a case?

Asked on April 5, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless these actions violate the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes allowing unprofessional and rude behavior. The only way that you would have a claim is if your treatment contitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination. In other words, it is based on your race, religion, disability, age (over 40), gender, nationality, etc.


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