How Can I Avoid Being a Lame Duck Employee?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about how to
respond to being pushed out of a job. 

Question:
I work in a very small office, one attorney and two legal assistants, including myself. I worked under an attorney who recently retired, and am finishing up working on his cases with the other attorney. However, the case load is very light, leading me to have little to do at times. The remaining attorney is still taking on cases, and has many on his plate at the moment.

My issue is with the other legal assistant, who was working directly under the remaining attorney. When I was first hired, I was promised to learn several skills, including bookkeeping. However, throughout my time here, the other legal assistant has constantly shut me out of learning how to do many of the office manager-type duties, things that I was told I would be doing when I accepted the job.

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New And My Questions Are Not Answered!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about inadequate instruction and curt trainer:

I have just started at a new job and I love the work, but it I am having a problem with the women in my area. The first day, I did not have access to the software and one lady was supposed to train me. After the 3rd day, she was very short and curt with me when I asked questions. On the fifth day, my computer was set up and I asked her a question and she started yelling saying that I don’t give her enough information to answer my questions. I told her that I don’t know what information she needs to answer my questions because I have only been at the job for a couple of days. Now they don’t help at all and I have found the atmosphere quite chilling. I don’t know what to do?

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