Retaliated Against Through Seating Change

Question to Ask theĀ  Workplace Doctors about seating change next to bully:

I reported my manager for retaliation after I had filed a complaint with the Ethics Committee. Now they are changing the department seating so I will be next to a bully. I’ve complained and documented. Do I have recourse?

Signed, Targeted

DearĀ Targeted:

If things are severe you may wish to seek legal advice. Or, you could take this recent development to the Ethics Committee. It doesn’t appear there are laws or regulations that would apply to it.It’s an unfortunate situation, no doubt about it. I’m hoping the person you describe as a bully proves to not be that problematic. (He or she may be worried about YOU too!)One thing is for sure, you are aware of the need to document and to stand up for yourself from the very beginning (without seeming to be trying to start trouble.)I’m sorry this is happening because I’m sure it creates a stressful situation.

Perhaps as the ethics complaint gets investigated, there will be some resolution to other issues as well. Best wishes to you in this. If you have the time and wish to do so, let us know what happens.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.