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Can you please tell me approximately how many employees the company has, worldwide?
Are you the only person being harassed, or is your boss this way to everyone?
Are you being singled out because of your age, race, disability, national origin, or etc? (I'm trying to find out if you possibly the victim of illegal discrimination).
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I work for Orange County Government in Orlando Florida. I think there might be 10,000 employees in the system. The program I work in has 10 employees, in our office all the counselors are female and the boss is a man. I am not the only one he has harassed but he targets me more than the others. I am 60 years old and he calls me "young lady" which I find offensive and have told him so. I am older than him.
This harassment has been going on for over a year and I have complained to professional standards but nothing has been done. He is protected by the old boys network which is in place in that Department.
I don't know what "Professional Standards" means in your office, but most large governmental employers have Equal Opportunity Personnel (sometimes called Affirmative Action) personnel, usually as part of their personnel office. There may be an employee handbook that tells you what procedure to follow. Keep everything in writing.
Since there are enough employees, you always have the right to file a complaint with both the state discrimination agency and the federal one, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In Florida, you can contact the state agency here: http://fchr.state.fl.us/complaints__1
You can contact the EEOC here: http://www.eeoc.gov/ (there's a ton of great information at this website!)
If you start with the state agency, in most states they'll file a complaint with the EEOC on your behalf at the same time.
There are deadlines for filing, so don't delay! (Less critical in your situation, with ongoing harassment).
Complaint investigations are free. They're not always the best, XXXXX XXXXX do get a free investigation. If it looks like they are going to file a "no cause" finding, withdraw your complaint before they do. That way, if you go to court, a "no cause" finding can't be used against you.
Before you file a complaint, you may want to talk with an employment discrimination attorney. That's because even if you have a good case, it may not go far if you have a conservative juror pool in your area.
To find employment discrimination attorneys in Florida, I'd start here: http://www.floridanela.org/
I'd also try: http://www.floridajusticeassociation.org/
Just start with a paid (or if you're lucky, free) consultation. Don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references.
When a boss is equally, say we say, "annoying," to everyone, usually there's not enough to support a discrimination complaint, so it probably wouldn't go anywhere to complain about gender discrimination. However, you may have a case for age discrimination, for the "ageist" comments, especially since you have asked him to stop and he hasn't.
Most of my employment history and interest deals with discrimination. If you have any other questions, please write back.
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