What can I do if my boss harassed, bullied me, discriminated against me and terminated me?

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What can I do if my boss harassed, bullied me, discriminated against me and terminated me?

I worked for the university here for about 15 years, almost 10 as supervisor. I never had any issues and was always complimented on my work. When a different person was put in to be my boss, he took away my office, my computer, lowered my pay and changed my work title. He would always call me to HR out of the blue and tell me how worthless I was or tell me that I wasn’t doing tasks I was supposed to be doing, so I’d have to get my tablet and prove to him I was. Also, he excluded me from all decisions and treated me like I wasn’t a supervisor. He would talk to my employees but not me. Sometimes they’d have meetings and things and wouldn’t tell me and then get mad at me for not attending. His workers also called my cart the Tijuana taxi and wrote

Asked on July 27, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Utah

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unless you had a written employment contract which was violated by the manner of your disciplining or termination, you were an "employee at will." An employee at will may be demoted, disciplined, bullied or harassed, or terminated for any reason not specifically made illegal. But very few reasons for harassment, bullying, discipline, or termination are in fact illegal: primarily, it is that you cannot discriminate against an employee due to his/her race, color, national origin, sex, age or over, religion, or disability. IF you believe this treatment was directed at you due to one of these reasons, you may have an employment discrimination claim and should contact the federal EEOC. But otherwise, if the behavior was not due to one of these factors, it was most likely legal, even if unprofessional and unfair, since except as specifically proscribed by law, bad treatment of employees is legal.


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