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I am being "forced out" of my company because the President

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I am being "forced out" of my company because the President has a crush on my partner that I'm in a relationship with at work. We are a same sex couple that are both in leadership positions and once we disclosed we were in a relationship the President made my life hell and started ignoring me and is now forcing me out. I filed a complaint against him with HR and asked to report to someone else other than him and I now report to our new VP of Business Development. She had a conversation with me the other day and said she would put me into a position that I already told her I didn't want or she would make sure I had a "graceful exit". She then told me to think about what I feel a fair separation was from the company and let her know after the Holidays. What are my rights? I think they are trying to get me out of there because I'm a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  John replied 11 months ago.

You clearly have a case for gender discrimination and can trace back your change in treatment to making that complaint. So you have a pretty good case. Your rights are really a) take the discrimination matter to a charge/complaint or b) negotiate what you feel is a fair settlement and release agreement.

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If you decide on the first option, your first step would be to file with the EEOC. The EEOC would investigate the workplace at no charge to you and make a determination of whether harassment occurred. If the EEOC finds harassment, they attempt to work out a resolution or, if a resolution cannot be reached, they'll either sue the employer or allow you to sue them in federal court. Lastly, your employer cannot legally discipline or discharge you for filing with the EEOC. If this sounds like something you're interested in, you can learn how and where to file a charge with them here. http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm

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