The general rule is that an employer may treat her employees just about any way she chooses. The employees' have the option of quitting. The law does not generally get involved in matter like how employees should be treated because those matters are considered legitimate business decisions, and the market will eventually take care of the situation because the employees will quit.However
, although that is the general rule, there are exceptions for situations in which the employer's poor treatment of the employees is based upon factors such as race, religion, gender, age, and disability. You mentioned some poor treatment that relates to those factors. For example, the fact that you were made fun of on Good Friday, and possibly any inappropriate sexual comments. Those remarks likely would make for a hostile work environment, and would be considered illegal discrimination
Generally speaking, the first step in dealing with illegal discrimination is to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity
). The EEOC is responsible for investigating illegal discrimination in the workplace. Once the EEOC investigates, it could agree that illegal discrimination took place, and attempt to work out a settlement with the employer. If the EEOC cannot work out a settlement, or if the EEOC does not find that there was illegal discrimination, then a person can request a right to sue letter, which gives her the right to sue her employer for violating the law. The EEOC's website, located HERE
, explains how to file a charge.
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