, harrassment in the workplace.
My businesss recently failed. I took $9 an hour as a security officer. (subsidized by social security).
In one month, I have been bullied and/or harrassed 3 times. I have tried to swallow my pride, but twice I returned unreasonable hostility with measured hostility as I was pushed "over the line". Because the situations didn't seem to be resolvable at the moment of confrontation, I responded by asking those involved to speak to the dept manager if they were having a problem with my work.
1. The first incident was when a crew leader yelled at me for reminding her that I needed time sheets. She also yelled at me me for calling them time sheets when their correct name was officer reports. You can't imagine how "over the top" her response was.
I reported the incident to the dept manager and she was understanding and said she would have a talk with the individual. Since then she has been very cordial and helpful.
2. The second incident was with another crew leader who kept criticizing me for handling some paperwork incorrectly over and over and over again. It seemed like unnecessary harassment and she pushed me "over the line" so the only way I could see out was to bring it up to my supervisor. She has been very pushy and curt about other things also. I personally believe she has serious psychological problems but I thought it would look bad if I brought this up to the dept manager under the circumstances.
3. The 3rd incident involved another officer who relieves me. He clocked me out and told me he wanted to talk to me about my "accounting". I didn't handle this as well as I should have and responded with "bulls..t" as I knew there wasn't much I could have done wrong and I didn't feel it was his place to clock me out and review my work. It turned out to be about the same paperwork mistake that my crew leader had already gone over with me numerous times.
His response was shouted without exaggeration at the top of his lungs. I was in total shock and as I could see there was no reasoning with him I referred him to the department manager. He has been there a long time and I think it was about asserting his seniority. My personal opinion is that he has some serious ego issues.
I had a meeting with my dept manager the next day. She was very upset at first as she had only heard one side of the stories.
As we talked, I believe she came to understand that I was being truthful and besides some reasonable recommendations she is going to try to avoid contact between the belligerent officer and myself. I have to say my impression she is a wonderful person and manager and I feel lucky to be working for her.
It seems that in the short term things are fine. To be honest, if I could afford to I would quit and I might if things don't improve and I can afford to be temporarily without income. I have to be realistic that history could easily repeat itself.
My concerns are:
1. If further problems come up he leads to a "he said -she said" situation and I may be defenseless. I have thought that I should have either an overt or covert recording device available if that is legal. Even if it is not to be be used in a courtroom situation it might be a tool for demonstrating to the dept manager the severity of the abuse
2. It could get to a point where I have no choice but to quit as I can only take so much psychologically. I understand if there is harrasment involved I could be eligible for unemployment
I of course have documented as much as I can in written notes but of course its just my word against another.
I would appreciate any suggestions on how to handle this situation.