Would it be considered a hostile work environment if after pointing out a serious DOT safety infraction that ownership was planning to do that the next day after they did it my job was threatened when told that if I couldn't be a team player I could be replaced? Our relationship started to plummet after that. I was also told by my supervisor who was present in that meeting the prior to it ownership told him he was going to knock safety off of it safety high horse. Would it seem inappropriate to give a title and raise to another member of the company only to have it reassigned to me less than 30 days and have received title alone with no compensation?
Thank you for your follow-up, Steve.
Typically a hostile work environment has to be extensive and pervasive in nature--it is not a one time event but a long and continuous behavior that is based on factors such as your age, gender, race, religion, national origin, creed, or disability. It can also be based on those who are whistle-blowers, but again it must not be one or two incidents. You can try to make that argument but I really do not see that as being enough.
So if I tell them that in the event that I take a day off that I will not be providing them any services and they terminate me because of it I will have a case. What about all of the vacation and PTO that I have had off and they have contacted me on everyone of then is that something as far as time or pay that I'm entitled to. I can prove it with emails.
No, that would not create a case. If you take a day off without their permission, it would be considered 'abandonment' of your position and would give them every right to fire you--they would see it as if you chose to not come in without their permission. But if they grant you time off, unpaid, but continue calling you during your day off, make you work, and not pay you for it, then that would be a violate of state labor laws and would give you a right to file a grievance against them as well as demand that they pay you for your time.
Hope that clarifies.
Even for health reasons. I have COPD and some days I can't function in an office setting. As I mentioned before my father has Alzheimer and there will be time I will have to help with his care. Do I just tell them that I'm taking a FMLA day?
Ok. And I really appreciate your advise. If I leave there to go to another job and I'm laid off at the other job, how long would I have to be working for them before I would be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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