Is it discrimination and harassment

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Is it discrimination and harassment

I was being reprimanded by my manager
for putting oil in the water to cook
pasta she raised her voice while she was
reprimanding me then she stated to me
that you don’t put oil in and it must be
a portagee thing I was insulted and hurt
by this comment she makes the workplace
uncomfortable by insulting people
calling them idiots and stupid she has
embarrassed me in front of customers

Asked on December 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Workplace harrassment or a "hostile work enviornemnt" has to do with discriminatory behavior by a co-worker against an employee. In other words, it would have to involve lesser treatment due to the employee's race, religion, disability, age (over 40), nationality, gender or the like. Absent that, and without an employment contract or union greement to the contrary, a company can set the conditions work much as it sees fit. This includes unprofessional and boorish behavior on the part of a supervisor or co-worker. Accordingly, your only options here are to accept the situation, continue to complain to the person in question or higher-ups but risk termination, or quit.


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