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2 administrative assistants - full time - (I am one of them) - non-union - Administrative Department
1 administrative assistant/consultant - part-time - non-union - Administrative Department
1 analyst -non-union - Administrative Department
1 part time analyst - non-union - Administrative Department
19 collective bargaining employees - UNION - 5 Tax Department - 6 Vital Records Department - 8 Elections
3 managers - non-union - 1 Deputy Clerk - Administrative Department - 1 - Vital Records/Tax Manager - 1 Elections Manager
Hope that helps.
Thank you for your follow-up. I appreciate the detail.You have two very legitimate options available to you. As you are non-union, your only in-house recourse is to speak to HR or to the superior (the elected official) and request that he potentially intervene. I realize this may be a somewhat sensitive request as the admin and the official are married, but it is your first approach to deal with this in-house and attempt to resolve it in good faith.Then, if that does not work, consider contacting the EEOC. The EEOC will evaluate your grievance on grounds of a hostile work environment concern and will potentially issue a 'right to sue' letter which you would then be able to take and pursue a claim against the official. His disparaging comments and treatment may be used to show that you are exposed to this hostile work environment but only generally if you are a member of that class of individuals. In terms of a HIPAA violation that you could potentially pursue by filing a grievance with the US Dept of Health and Human Services--no private right to a cause of action exists, but you can get the federal agency to investigate and potentially pursue it.Good luck.
Yes, absolutely and thank you for your time.
Job retention. Should I be fired, do I have a legal recourse and if I do, how strong is my case?
Information: Do I have to work with a drug addict? Are there any laws that protect me from being exposed to her and her erratic behavior? Is it legal for all her work to be given to me so that she has no job responsibilities because she can't perform her responsibilities?
I am only trying to gather information and educate myself, if I do need to seek counsel.
I am single and this is my only source of income. I am actively seeking other employment.
And, lastly, the stress level has caused health issues (I am a cancer survivor) and I have sought professional help trying to manage this.
Hope this information gives you more insight.
(PS: When I attempted to talk to the Elected Official and stated I have months of documentation about the work environment, he asked me for all that information. Should I give it to him or not?)
At-will, and yes I understand that there doesn't need to be a cause.
Thank you for your help. This information has confirmed for me that the American work force is in a sad shape of things where an elected official (who takes an oath to work for the people and who's wages are paid for by the people), can conduct himself and his team with such poor management skills, and there are no consequences. He definitely needs to be voted out of office.
Though I am currently in this administrative position, my prior job was a middle management executive working in an industry that serviced multi-million dollar clients and, due to the economy, this industry collapsed and I found myself in this role because of necessity, but I always conducted myself with professionalism and tact. Maybe that is why I am so determined to make this "wrong" a "right". That being said, I appreciate you providing a clear understanding of my options and, hopefully, I will find other employment real soon! Once again, thank you for your services.
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