My boss has single me out by the following hostile treatment: (1) He would scream at me in public to say how incapable i am when I made mistakes. Yet when other team members made the same mistakes, he would pretend nothing happened. (2) If I made a mistake first time, he would collect the information and have weekly one-on-one meeting to question me and later send email to recure the conversation. (3) I have been very fearful to ask him questions or work a new project because I am afriad I said something wrong or asked wrong questions that he would come to one-on-one meeting and document it. (4) I am the only on in the team to have one-on-one weekly meeting with him. I am the only female in the five men and one woman group. What should I do?
Response: File a formal complaint with your Human Resources Department ('HR'). If your HR does not resolve the issue, then you may file gender discrimination complaint against the employer and the boss in his individual capacity with the US. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), if the employer has 15 or more employees. Generally, you do not need an attorney to file the complaint in the beginning but once the EEOC has finished its investigation, you can obtain an employment attorney at that point to file a lawsuit against your employer if the employer refuses to settle the case.
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Where should I hire a lawyer? I checked out local lawyers and all they said is: Not to make mistakes and focus on work. My concern is : even first time I made a mistake he would document me. ( I do not get 2nd mistake chance) or I can not focus on work because I am afraid when, how and what I say something wrong or ask wrong questions. Please advise. Thanks. Fear in CA
Response 2: Your boss needs to be held accountable for his actions. It is not unreasonable to infer gender discrimination since you are the only female in a group of men that is being singled out for special treatment. Click on the links below to find local labor and employment attorneys: