I work at a pharmaceutical company as a Chemist in the state of Georgia. I have been treated very unfairly and extremely rudely since I started here last August. Several people including myself have taken some members of quality control management to human resources to complain of this.
Human Resources has instigated some training and team building to mitigate this. However, last week I was written up by my manager and the Sr. Manager of HR for either frivolous reasons such as searching the internet and down-right lies such as my manager saying that I take 45 minute breaks and two hour lunches which is extremely untrue.
I have gone to a lawyer in Athens, Georgia and the lawyer told me that in the state of Georgia, companies can have a hostile
work environment as long as they aren't hostile by discriminating against you for your race, religion, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or gender.
The lawyer also told me that since I complained to HR for reasons other that the ones mentioned above, HR and management can retaliate against me and it would be perfectly legal!!!!
I find this very hard to believe. I would appreciate it if you could enlighten me on this.