I am into my third week on a new job.On my second day in this new office the Manager called me into his office and told me I smelled of something awful and that it was making those around me sick. He asked me what I intended to do about it. I was startled and said I was unaware of the problem but would make sure I took precautions and addressed the problem immediately. The next morning, I washed and dried my clothes for the day - so my clothes came straight out of the dryer - no smell there. I also took a shower, washed my hair, brushed my teeth, and put on brand new shoes that I bought the night before. That morning I went to the Manager's office and asked if there was still a problem. He said yes, I still smelled. I explained all the steps I had taken that morning and stated I didn't understand where the problem was. I asked the Manager if he would like me to see a doctor in case it was some sort of medical problem. He responded no, don't bother to do that. The submit hasn't been brought up in the last two weeks.Today that same manager poked his head in the doorway of the work area I share with three other people. When he saw me, he 'tsk'd and rolled his eyes". My impression was that he was upset that he'd have to ask me the question since my co-workers were not present.Later today the same manager came in to ask me a question. I tried to answer him, but he turned his back on me and walked out of the office. A co-worker noticed his rudeness and called it out to me.This person obviously has a problem with me. My question is whether the above examples would serve as "cause" for me to apply for Illinois unemployment after having quit. Can someone help answer this please. I am very concerned that this is just the beginning of a very bad experience and want to get out before he inflicts more emotional damage.Please advise.Thank you.
State/Country relating to question: Illinois
Have not yet confronted the Manager about his attitude. I'm hesitate to do that because it will probably make the situation worse.
Welcome and thank you for your question!I am sorry to learn of your experience. Am I correct to assume that you have no medical issues and that you use proper hygiene on a daily basis?
Yes, I explained in detail the precautions I took that day. See my second paragraph.
Right I understand that's what you did for one day. What I sought clarification on is that your regular practice?
Yes, I shower every day and clothes are always clean and fresh.
Is your personal health fine?
Yes. I had an annual physical three months ago. Lab and urine tests all came back normal. I do not have any physical impairments or disease.
Thank you. So, would it be fair to say that this manager is being some type of psycho manipulator?
I don't know what he's being, other than he's making me feel mortified. He started this nonsense on my second day on the job.
Thank you. Does your employer have a human resources department or manager?
Yes, we do. It's Northwestern University.
Thank you. Have you gone to human resources with your concerns about your manager?
No. I am afraid it will make matters worse.
Thank you.The facts that you describe are unfortunate but it is not good cause to be eligible for unemployment. Poor management does not mean any employment laws are being violated.What you've described is poor management by an individual. This is something that can be addressed by human resources.No one wants to go to human resources. I understand. They are there to help and improve communication. If someone is being a poor manager, HR needs to know that, too.As of now, if you quit, you will be deemed to be a voluntary quit and will not be eligible for unemployment.It has been my pleasure to assist you today with your information needs. It is my goal that you are satisfied. No expert can promise you an answer that is favorable to your circumstances. But I will do my very best to explain the legal principles that are related to the facts you’ve described so that you can better understand the “why” of things. What are your options now?If you wish to continue this conversation, click on the Reply tab. If you are satisfied that I have answered your question, then please rate the answer with “excellent service” so that I receive credit for assisting you. Positive ratings are the only way I receive credit for assisting you today.IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more," then do not rate me (not yet, anyway!). Instead, reply to me using the REPLY tab. Specify what additional information you need and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Thanks, ~~ J.B.
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