Workplace Harassment Questions?

by admin on July 31, 2010

My Husband has been working at this current job for almost a year and his supervisor is always threatening to write him up or fire him for no reason. Examples:

A.) He was 5 mins late after getting stuck in traffic by an accident. The supervisor wrote him up but not the 2 other guys that came in after him.

B.) My Husband was sick with what turned out to be a viral infection. He asked his supervisor if he could come in a little late because he wanted to go to the doc. The supervisor told him no, that he would be wrote-up if he didn’t show up, so he went to a urgent care clinic after work that sent him to the hospital for tests. Hospital keep him overnight, my husband called in & then gave his supervisor a note from the doc at the hospital. He still got wrote-up.

Is there anything he can do to get this guy off his back?
All the guys he works with love him and he has already talked to his boss about his supervisor (which made the supervisor be nice for about a week). I have done some searching but all the workplace harassment laws talk about sex, race, etc. What if your boss just doesn’t like you?
In Example A my husband and the 2 workers where all stuck in traffic by the same accident. All of them were late for the same reason and only my husband got wrote-up

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orange juice July 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

there are things that can be done. go talk to human resources rather than the boss. Human Resources is the one who is supposed to deal with harassment. They will know the rules and how to discipline the supervisor. If they don’t help, then there is a government Human Resources office that should help. I’m sorry i don’t know how to contact them, but i know there is something. you could try http://www.opm.gov/ i used to assist in a human resources office so i know there are laws, but i don’t know all the specifics. sorry!

Eternity July 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

It is better to talk to the manager who is in charge of the operations. Bosses rely on them for everything. If the issue can be properly sorted out with him/her, the boss’ opinions won’t matter much.

Jesse K July 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

A) Your husband should arrive before his scheduled shift…it is possible the other guys had clearance prior…perhaps even called ahead.

B) Doesn’t matter… while he had in my opinion a valid excuse and it wasn’t probably ethical that the Supervisor write him up…the supervisor violated no laws in doing so.

What if your boss just doesn’t like you? Then tough luck…but unless your boss does something illegal you are up a creek. I would suggest finding a new job.

kate July 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

If for some reason the boss does not like you ,
You are in for an eternally tough ride .

Document the doctors & hospital visit in the reply to the write up . ( you are supposed to respond to write ups with your evidence , but copy it for the turn in and keep the original hospital paperwork because the boss will accidentally loose it )
If this is a small company , the only option will be to visit the state labor board .
If you are in a GOP state , you are probably screwed because workers are considered as disposable as kleenex .

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