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I work Federal agency and feel as if being harassed by

I work for a Federal agency and feel as if being harassed by supervisor and administration. In 2003 I was injured and it was the fault of the agency due to lack of neglected upkeep. By 2011 I was almost not able to walk and by 2012 had an joint replacement implant in my foot. The surgery and physical therapy was covered by OWCP. Within a couple of years of recovery I was talked to by my supervisor about age and retirement issues and then HR and supervisor pressed me to get a letter of accommodation while I was still attempting to deal with other medical issues caused by the injury involving my gait and hip issues and was wanting to wait till the physician completed his evaluation, they did not wait so I went to the surgeon and she wrote the letter that the agency needed. Then my employment was threaten, if I cannot do my job then... In the last 8 months with more physical therapy I was able to correct the medical issues and am able to do my job. However, now they are bringing up work place harassment issues on things that I have not done and are investigating me, saying these things I said or did from years ago, which I did not do. I feel that they are wanting to find a way to get rid of me although in 16 years only had one poor review and that was done during the time I was recovering from the injury. So is there anything I can do or just wait for the investigation to come back without any results or is this harassment in the workplace of some kind.

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I hope I'm asking this right. I filed complaints against two

I hope I'm asking this right.I filed complaints against two different companies for the same violations (workplace harassment). Both companies had supervisors that harassed me because I reported employees that made racist statements. I was issued right to sue letters from EEOC. Are these two companies, each, responsible or should they be dealt with individually?

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My employer accused me of misleading a customer on the time

My employer accused me of misleading a customer on the time it would take to complete a job. He went on to accuse me of smoking dope, taking drugs or having a mental issue that would cause me to do this. I had not misinformed that person, but in the conversation about the job this customer made the assumption it would be a very short time when in fact it would take 3 or more hours. At least this is what was thrown back to me by my employer. This was not the first time. Any mistake made was met with this type of critique and further accusations of intimidation. Yet he would leave me in charge of the business many times. The end result is I walked out. He had upset me to the point I was crying uncontrollably. I am 61 years old, worked my entire adult life and have never met worked with someone as verbally hostile as he is with the temper tantrums, cussing and slamming and throwing of things. He is 38 years old. Good at what he does and makes mistakes. But for me or another employee to make a mistake would flip a switch into one of his rages. I am not the first to walk out on him nor do I expect to be the last because of this verbal abuse and cussing and accusations to character. What are my rights? Oh. He would let me come back to work. So I am now unemployed.

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I have been harassed by my co-worker and recently

I have been harassed for years by my co-worker and recently there was an incident where she intentionally pulled the file cabinet on me while I was in front of it. I took the incident to HR and now HR is using it against me. I applied for a position and was told they would not interview me because of the incident. Is this fair? Can I do anything?JA: OK. The Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: No. I was just told today they would not interview me.JA: Please tell me everything you can about this issue so the Lawyer can help you best. Is there anything else the Lawyer should be aware of?Customer: I don't know where to begin. The co-worker is an employer that was hired by a former manager. She was hired by him from her church. I am a black lady and she is a white lady. Over the period of years we have had difference confrontations. I have been to HR more than one time and they just keep saying we should get along. She shouts at me and this has been witness by the co-workers. I consider her bulling me and feel this is a hostile environment for me to work in now.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Friday a man elbowed me repeatedly in the stomach and breast

Friday a man elbowed me repeatedly in the stomach and breast at work every chance he got it seemed like counted Oder 22 different spots on me very bruised Monday I went to the supervisor so she told me that she would look into it without even taking a report written from me and whenever I told her that I just want to make sure didn't happen to someone else that I could be a liability she proceeded to tell me that it wasn't their problem with mine and send me back to work as the morning went on The The person who did this to me return back to our area anxiety became very bad when they send me to break I was puking so I clocked out and told him I was going homesick I have not returned but before I left I tried to talk to you if you girls that I thought had been very nice to me it was quite obvious no one wanted to talk to me and they were worried about their job it seemed I have never felt more isolated and scared and alone in my life is there anything I can do about the situation

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4 years ago I hired on at my employer as part of a succession

4 years ago I hired on at my employer as part of a succession plan for my supervisor's retirement, e.g. when he retires I take his job and backfill the one I had.In December 2014 the division of the company I am in was sold to a new owner and, at that time, a new organization chart was put out which was identical to the old one, but my group now reported to a corporate manager instead of a local one. That corporate manager gave one of the three manager's below him the additional title of "Team Leader" with the email explanation that the Team Leader would be coordinating the three manager's to make sure the company was doing things consistently across the regions. No job description was developed for the role of Team Leader and the organization chart was not changed. Since that change the individual with the additional Team Leader title has asserted that he is my direct supervisor, that the promotion I was promised when I hired on no longer exist, and I will report to him upon my manager's retirement in my existing role.This arrangement lead to an issue in February in which in my role, I was responsible for securing permission from our state government for a project. The manager of the project refused to provide the information the state was requesting to the point where the manager of his department called my manager to yell and scream at him and, when that didn't produce a different result, called the "Team Leader". The Team Leader then instructed our group to refuse to provide the state the information they requested and declare that we didn't need the state's permission for the project to proceed. I stated that I did not wish to be a party to that action due to ethical and legal concerns; however, another manager eventually produced the information the state requested and I rescinded my objection with the understanding we would submit that information to the state to which the Team Leader said "Thank you." This entire exchange over the course of two weeks is thoroughly documented via email. The next week, the Team Leader, once again stopped anyone from sending information to the state stating that he had scheduled a meeting to review the issue, invited my manager, but not me. As the principle employee working on the communications with the state, I asked why and was not provided an answer until I called the Team Leader.The Team Leader began yelling at me, telling me that he wasn't going to deal with me, telling me I professionally incompetent and other various personal attacks. I wrote down his attacks and immediately contacted HR. Our local HR representative stated she would open an investigation, but came to me a day later stating that the head of HR was taking over the issue and wanted to meet with me instead.The first meeting with the head of HR was poor with the primary focus of the meeting being the head of HR relaying various complaints and personal accusations against me resulting from the recent disagreement between my department and the project team. I did have an opportunity to state my complaint, that I felt the Team Leader's attacks were part of a targeting effort, and that I had concerns about my professional safety with regards ***** ***** Team Leader's assumed role as my direct supervisor. The head of HR stated he would speak to that individual, but I left the meeting with the impression he was blowing me off.A little more than a month later, the head of HR, my local HR rep, the Team Leader, and I had a meeting at the request of the head of HR to "discuss the issue and come to an understanding where we can both work together". Based on the results of my first meeting, I elected to record that meeting which lasted 101 minutes, the first 90 of which were mostly personal attacks against me or accusations of under performance for following the instruction of the state during the recent conflict. The Team Leader began his portion of the meeting apologizing for his behavior during the email disagreement regarding what information our company would provide the state followed by a bulleted list of performance expectations from me. In the final 10 minutes of the meeting, when I refused to accept a resolution because the complaint I had filed had not been addressed, the HR manager stated "he already apologized, what more do you want" at which time I explained that I wanted to know what protections I would have against the Team Leader's personal attacks and attempts to retaliate against me through performance reviews or other mechanisms. No future direction was given; however, HR stated that my manager, not the Team Leader conducts my reviews.We recently had our annual merit increase, mine was lower than my site's avg. and I learned that the Team Leader conducted my review. I approached HR and asked to see the results of their investigation regarding my complaint which they stated they did not have and I suspect was never conducted.What recourse do I have?

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I am a RN and over the last 2 years at my annual evaluation

I am a RN and over the last 2 years at my annual evaluation my first line manager has made comments such as "you are a older nurse like my mother" and don't be like my mother. My evaluations are all exceeds expectations, the second year she made the comment referenced I confronted her and suggested that she consider reviewing information on the maine human rights website. I have also been outspoken about staffing -we often are working in unsafe conditions and am now starting to feel like I am being targeted what might my options be and how can I go about finding a very good employment lawyer in my state-maine

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While a staff is on long term disability and under medical

,while a staff is on long term disability and under medical treatment, is it harassment if I ask for what day she was planning to return to work? she has provided answers to these questions and gave timelines and updates on her treatments several times. however she has since been terminated as her position when requesting to come back partime at a specified date and others were eliminated as part of company restructuring strategy.

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I have been bullied by more then one administrator and I am

I have been bullied by more then one administrator and I am afraid my job may be in jeopardy because my boss thinks I call corporate regarding an instance of bulling what can I do to protect myself

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