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I've worked at my organization (a non-profit in Leawood, KS)

I've worked at my organization (a non-profit in Leawood, KS) for almost 10 years. The past few years, one employee (a partner in another division with which I have worked closely) has become increasingly difficult to the point of verbally attacking people during meetings. I have seen a few of these outbursts, heard about countless others, and was finally the target of one a few months ago. After the encounter, I informed my supervisors of the incident and went to HR. HR talked to the other employee, who said she would apologize- but then never did (and continued to act erratically/unprofessionally). I decided to remove myself from the line of fire and excused myself from meetings where she was present (lest I be the target of one of her attacks again). I initially had the support of my supervisors in this, but now my boss's manager wants me to "give it another shot." The very thought of being in the same room as that woman makes my blood pressure skyrocket and gives me anxiety. I've never been treated that way in my 10 years here, nor have I had such a visceral reaction to the thought of working so closely with someone again. Normally I'm a "grin and bear it" type, but this different. I feel I should not have to deal with such an unstable employee with an HR record a mile long. I'm curious though, what actual legal grounds do I have to withdraw myself from a hostile work environment? And to demand my supervisor's support?

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ScottyMacEsq

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I'm an employee of the Department of Veteran Affairs and my

I'm an employee of the Department of Veteran Affairs and my immediate supervisor and a contractor under his direct supervision are acting inappropriately. Durin ga meeting, he berated me for the better part of an hour for not doing her job and when she felt that he'd somehow gotten the better of me, she jumped up from her chair, high fived him and said, "Go on Sugar Bear!" I went through the VA's grievance process, but the narrative that my supervisor provided was all that they heard and never even addressed the relationship or what really happened in that conference room that day.JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Washington, DCJA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: I'm a member of the Union and they handled my grievence.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: The female contractor in question was caught (by me) straddling another male government employee in the stock room, and he sides with her on most issues because of THEIR relationship. I reported that incidence to my chain of command, but was basically told that my supervisor would be in charge of the "investigation".

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John

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I have to get an amended summary judgement or another

I have to get an amended summary judgement or another opposition to the defendant's opposition to the plaintiff's initial opposition to the defendant's summary judgement (defendant responded twice) to the judge having just had a settlement conference which I didn't settle because my attorney did not submit my prima facie evidence with his opposition to the initial defendant's summary judgement. The judge ordered a settlement conference while a summary judgment motion was pending. This is a serious issue, not trying to berate my attorney, but he didn't do it and now wants me to fire him so I can write my own opposition. I don't want to fire him, there are issues with that.My question: How do I address the court with this dilemma?

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Law Educator, Esq.

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I work for a small consulting firm based out of DC. I am a

I work for a small consulting firm based out of Washington DC. I am a remote employee located in California. I've been with this company for nearly 3 years. During the first 18 months I worked under a boss that praised my work and recommended me for many accolades and prominent projects. Unfortunately that boss moved on to another company and my new boss has a personal grudge against me. This individual takes every opportunity to berate me to colleagues and destroy my credibility to the owner of the company (who is very active in the day to day operations).I've had several, one on one telephone calls with this manager that go beyond inappropriate. He has made outlandish claims against me, threatened me and my job and takes every opportunity to harass me in front of others - both in writing and verbal.Things have escalated to a new level where the owner of the company has recommended that I no longer do my job (a job that I have 20 years of experience) and now focus on a new job all together. This is based entirely of the negative feedback and slander committed by my boss. He suggested that I am terminated from the company. My boss manages another resource along with myself. The company is late on 2015 review (which have a performance bonus attached to the review) but my boss scheduled a meeting with the other resource to go over her review. He refuses to do the same for me despite my request.My question -- do I have any legal grounds against this individual or company? I have never received a warning or write up about my job performance. I have only received positive feedback during my tenure with the company. I won an award in my first year and a positive review in 2014.

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Law Educator, Esq.

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A question for a close friend (Yeah, I know-but it really

A question for a close friend (Yeah, I know-but it really is).JA: Have you documented this or discussed it with HR?Customer: He is a special ed teacher of 30+ years. Recently had an IEP meeting with a parent. The Principal was supposed to attend as well as a school counselor (neither were present) as well as a general ed teacher, who was present. Meeting went well. no issues. At the end of the meeting everyone signed the IEP and left happy. My friend thought there should be another signature and signed for the counselor, even though they were not required to be at the meeting. Long story shorter, they were called into the office and berated, threatened with termination and a felony charge by the principal with the only witness being another principal who was taking note manually. They (my friend) admitted nothing and ended the meeting because he didnt have any representation. now he rec'd a notice saying that a substitute has been requested for him tomorrow. I'm sorry, I didnt realize this was live.JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: Full-time he is tenured at a public school. other than that I really don't know.JA: Anything else you want the solicitor to know before I connect you?Customer: There is no HR at this school that I am aware of, nor a teachers union. Is he really in trouble?

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I just quit my job because I could not tab being accused of

I just quit my job because I could not tab being accused of everything you can think of ,I became so nervous and depressed that it affected my work it got to the point that I hated to go in to work because all three people would be there to accuse me of something different I have been yelled at accused of stealing liquor which I do not drink I have had one of my superiors yell across the bar room for me to get my ass over there and get them a drink that was so embarrasing we had quite a few patrons in that day , I fell down the stairs taking beer down stairs and they just laughed i had one of their poker players tripped me and I fell into the door jam and hit my shoulder bone I had to pack ice on it they said I shouldn't be so clumsy , what should I have done besides quitting my job

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I work at a community college, and I am considered a

I work at a community college, and I am considered a municipal worker. The office I work in is an open office, and when I was first hired, I was told that nobody was allowed to use the office line for personal calls. Everyone in the office takes all personal calls on their cell phones, and they leave the office to conduct these calls. There is one exception in the office, my direct supervisor. For 4 years, the entire office has had to listen to him berate his wife multiple times a day. I have heard him call her stupid, an idiot, a child. He hisses when he answers her calls. Also, he often mutters and curses under his breath at his desk. It has gotten progressively worse over the years to the point that I avoid interaction with him. He sent emails to the director stating that I "make him feel invisible" and the director told me I needed to "make this better." I finally told the director about his behavior as context for me avoiding him, and then I reported his behavior to HR. They had me meet with a lawyer who is in charge of diversity and compliance for the school, and he termed this situation "sexual harassment" (I am female). He interviewed several people from my office who corroborated my complaint and added more complaints. The lawyer spoke with my supervisor who said he had no idea that his phone calls were a problem. They now want me to sign a document that says that I acknowledge that they spoke with my supervisor about his behavior. I get the feeling that they want to sweep everything under the rug, and I am left with feeling totally unwelcome here. The director has taken to sending me emails that nitpick everything. I have a performance review every year and there has never been a complaint about my work, performance, or professionalism. I guess my questions is: what should I do, or is there anything I can do?

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John

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I was called into a meeting with my manager and district

I was called into a meeting with my manager and district manager yesterday. They talked to me about my job performance but it was really more of a conversation about my personality. Then they read a performance improvement plan. They then had me sign the plan. I was very anxious in the meeting and I signed the plan without taking the time or asking to take the time to think over what it said.I have several concerns about it.It says I can be terminated at any timeIt says I lose my bonus because I am on performance plan.It fies give dates or times of my alleged lack of job performance nor does it give any measurable way to keep track of whether I am improving in their view.I want to know if I should ask to sit down again and redo the plan. Or if I should write a rebuttal .

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Patrick, Esq.

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I am a woman and work at a place where I am constantly

i am a woman and work at a place where I am constantly bullied and harassed by a Vice president (male). I have worked at this engineering firm for over 14 years. I had meetings with other senior mgmt. that agrees that this VP targets me and “goes after me”. Not only has he said very inappropriate rite things such as “I am not your Bitch” when asked of him to help me carry reports to a client meeting and he also have told me to “sit there and look pretty”. (These are some examples). He also goes out of his way to lie about my performance to customers and to internal staff. He constantly berates me in front of my team and in front of everyone else in the firm.I have told the head of our division about this and he recognize that this VP does this to me, but said and I quote “ if I were to do something about it and talk to Dave, he would just make things worse for you”. I responded that this was unfair and that I cannot take the harassment any longer.I feel that I cannot go to my HR department because the head of our Division, Randy told me that VP of HR does not like me “cuz I am pretty”. I have a witness to this, one of our project accountant was there when this was told to me. I was also informed that another HR person didn't like me either. I feel stuck and feel I cannot do anything.Due to the harassment, I have not been able to sleep at nite and I have anxiety. There has been many people in my firm that can validate what I am saying. Even our director of finance said “he goes after you, you know it is because you are a women”.I feel everyone knows this behavior is harassment, but no one is doing anything about it. Part of it they say..”oh it is just Dave”I am at a crossroads, should I seek a file a harassment and get a lawyer?

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