Thirty-two Years Discounted!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about age discrimination: I’m over fifty and too young for retirement. They have me sitting in a room ten hours each day doing entry-level work.

The volatility of the U.S. economy is taking a large toll in the workplace. Mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and staff reductions create a chaotic work world around us. We no longer understand the forces behind company decisions. In general, how do employees maintain their enthusiasm in the workplace, while coping with the stress of antiquated changes? These changes raise the question of fairness, and the terrible helpless feeling of the system failing us. Focusing on the situation of a current position and reassignment can overwhelm many workers.

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Grievance For Hostile Environment, Discrimination,

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about hostile work environment, discrimination/favoritism/nepotism, as well as a gross inequity of the pay scale:

I have filed a grievance against the State office I work for, and have progressed to a Level III complaint. The basis for this grievance is: hostile work environment, discrimination/favoritism/nepotism, as well as a gross inequity of the pay scale. They have denied my grievance at Levels I and II because they feel these instances were not within 10 days of the last grieve able occurrence. I am a 25 year employee with a good work history, a lengthy resume’, and numerous letters of recommendations from co-workers, former directors, and from individuals from the public I serve. I suffered a heart attack, a triple bypass, and an emergency aortic bypass within the last 2 years, and was off work for four months as a result.

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Testified In A Reverse Discrimination Case. Now Back

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about reverse discrimination:

I testified in a reverse discrimination case. My testimony was not beneficial to the company I work for, but it was the truth. I was very apprehensive to testify but was issued a summons. My boss has been telling other people in management in my department and other departments that I have poor job performance etc. What can I do?

Signed, Had To Testify

Dear Had To Testify:

Certainly it would appear that you should seek an attorney to assist you with this issue. Because of that, I hesitate to advise something that later an attorney would say was not wise. However, if you do not wish to seek an attorney at this point, you may want to consider the following as you develop a plan of action:

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She Made Racial Remarks!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about discriminatory remarks:

We have an employee who has made several inappropriate remarks about people of color. In what kinds of training can we have her participate?

Signed, Color Blind

Dear Color Blind:

As I sometimes tend to do, I wrote a lengthy letter to you, discussing whether or not training was the answer in this case. I stopped mid-way, realizing that likely in your role, you know all about everything I was writing and don’t need to hear more! I can sum up my long diatribe by saying that I think other kinds of intervention, rather than off-site training, are more appropriate for cases like this.

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Woman Machinist Fired!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about gender discrimination & wrongfully terminated: I was fired yesterday-because I wasn’t coming along fast enough. I told them it was unfair; it was discriminatory and they damn well knew what I was lacking.

If you can, give me advice. It would be much appreciated. I believe I have been the victim of gender discrimination & wrongfully terminated. Scratch that: I was the victim of gender discrimination and I was wrongfully terminated. This is a fairly long story.

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Most Qualified But Not Chosen!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being passed over for a promotion.

I recently applied for a promotion at my job after my supervisor announced that she was leaving. I was the most qualified person (have been here for two and half year, have worked really well with my supervisor, received stellar evaluations, did extra work, the whole nine yards in addition to working towards a master degree, which this other person doesn’t have). But the promotion was given to anther co-worker who was less qualified and has been here for only one year.

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Boss Comes Down On Us?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about race: My boss has been receiving complaints from a nasty co-worker regarding everyone in our office.

My boss has been receiving complaints from a nasty co-worker regarding everyone in our office. Rather than come down on the woman (who has already played the race card) she chose to come down on us. Most recently, she has told me that I MUST take a lunch break. I work 30 hours a week, 6 hours a day. She has told me that by law I have to take a break. I always thought that in PA you only get an unpaid lunch break if you work more than 6 hours a day.

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My Boss Expects Me To Lie. I Don’t!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about lying.

I’m an Administration Assistant for a law firm. My boss doesn’t like the term “not available.” He would prefer I tell callers he is “not here” or “in a meeting” when he chooses not to take a call.I cannot do that. I do not lie. How can I get around this without offending him and still be able to handle the front desk? Are there other terms beside “not available” I can use? Thank you

Signed, Can’t Do That

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Elder Co-worker Favored

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about favored status of older employee.

I have been working in a small law firm that consists of three attorneys and five assistants. I am an assistant who has been working at this firm for over two years now, and another lady, who is also an assistant, started one year before me. She is the longest employee that works there at the office and then me. This lady is 45+ year old. She’s very close to all the attorneys, especially the one who hires all of the assistants and who also owns the practice. I have had conflicts with her before because I believe in fairness and work ethics. One day, she threw away all plates and eating utensils that everyone shares in the office in the trash. I was not in the office, but another co-worker of mine has told me that the 45+-year-old lady said the kitchen was filthy. Those uncleaned plates and eating utensils were mostly from the attorney who hates to wash and no one washes after her. The lady loves that attorney so much; the attorney was like an angel to her. She has massaged the attorney’s feet in front of everyone. She is a big a?? kisser. Anyways, so after I found out all plates and utensils were in the trash, I thought that was a very unethical thing to do. It would not be so disturbing to me if she asked and tell us to clean even though those dirty plates aren’t mine.

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Fired–Is This This Something I Can Fight?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being fired: I believe it’s discrimination because A) I corrected the late situation and there are many others there who are habitually late and B) if they fired everyone with poor attitude the place would be largely uninhabited.

I worked at my workplace for 18 years. Over the years, we’ve had roughly 7 general managers. Over these 18 years, I’ve tended to live my life about ten minutes late. This has never been an issue. The current GM has been there for a year. He also has never had an issue with this. I was always told I was a good employee and I got good evaluations.

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