Hi Paul,The new, department director (he has been in this position for about 7 months) reorganize the department (still working at it) along with other managers decided on the structure how to split from 2 groups into 4 new groups and the reporting structure, we did not have any input on who or why is going to what group. Now, the director wants all managers, artists, coordinators, and the rest of department to re-group and decide on the minor detail; how the rest of the department is going to run; for example: How many meetings should we attend with the different groups, how the relationship with the vendors should be, processes and procedures that need to be updated or eliminated, etc.I don’t like that they decided to move me to this group as a single, solitary artist without asking me for any feed-back, and now they want our feedback on the other detail, which is also influenced by other, employees and managers, OK, I was in the meeting making decisions; but my vote may not have any influence because the other employees were already influenced by other manages; consequently, decided against what I wanted to do. The whole thing is a sham.My concerns are: I am the only Sr. Artist in my group, and I don’t know what I will be accountable for: I know that I am suppose to do all the production artist work, plus go to more meetings, more product involvement, plus pull me to help the other teams when they need me. With the new structure I am not clear how things are going to work, how reliable is going to be…what I am accountable for? What my level of responsibility is if something goes wrong. What are the new demands from the new manager, or the group, plus I am supposed to support across teams. If the project is late for any reason, we got the photos or text late, then, they can say, “You missed the deadline”. Since, with the new structure, we the employees, plus managers, decided partially how to run the department; “well, you people decided how frequent to meet, you decided how to deal with the vendors, and so on, you are accountable for not meeting the timeline.Below are my questions:The way I see it, is, they segregated me in this group by myself, so that the can overload me with work, plus lots of different things that are no yet established. Will be easy to document me, since I will be the only one working on the project. Also, I don’t expect much support from the group. I don’t know what type of complain can I make on this one?Back in January of 2012, I made an Ethnicity discrimination complaint to HR. I am wondering if this is some kind of retaliation to get rid of me. Could this move be some type of retaliation, or I need to wait a bit longer to see what happens? Can I boycott, or object to the re-organization? Or just go along with it?Do I have a leg to stand on?
Unfortunately, unless you have a written contract to the contrary, you are an at will employee. I am afraid that this means you are at the mercy of the employer as to how they run their business and direct their employees to perform. Unless you can prove that they are doing this to you only on the basis of age/race/sex/disability, I am afraid there is no other complaint you can make. If you have some evidence to show this is retaliatory for you complaining about ethnicity discrimination, then where you need to go is to the EEOC, since they have to investigate to issue you a right to sue letter. Aside from you having evidence that they are doing this only to you (which it sounds like they are moving everyone) I am afraid that they have a right to organize their business as they see fit and you will have to go along with their reorganization.
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