Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about hostile environment: After stating my objections, my supervisor made the following statement, “What the “F” did you come here for?”. I felt threatened, scared and perplexed.
Just a year ago I relocated from New Jersey for a position as a Project Leader reporting to my current supervisor with a large cosmetic company in California. Shortly after (2 months) joining, I was informed in a very inappropriate way by my Supervisor that I was now to report to a new Supervisor with much less experience than myself (24 years). I clearly proceeded to state my objection and found it to be a misrepresentation of our interview (verbally) and written agreement. After stating my objections, my supervisor made the following statement, “What the “F” did you come here for?”. I felt threatened, scared and perplexed. I immediately left his office. Since this event, I have been persecuted by him and have worked in a very hostile environment ever since. I often feel harassed by his actions towards me. Due to a whole year of putting up with his “bullying management style”, I find myself on short-term disability with severe stress. I happen to be the third employee in this position that he has bullied into leaving the company. His actions are well known throughout the department at this company but everyone fears his power. In fact it is said that upper management at this company accepts this kind of behavior from him. Upon my return I would prefer not to report to him or return to the same hostile environment. Should I seek legal assistance at this point? What are my options and/or rights? What can I do to protect myself? Thanks in advance,