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Last week Tuesday, during a meeting, one of the owners of my

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Last week Tuesday, during a meeting, one of the owners of my workplace, terminated me. She is owns half the business and the sister owns the other half. The other owner told me to stay and said I was not fired. They continued to argue in front of me. The owner that "fired" me harasses me and literally walked out of the meeting (which she called) and yelled, "you guys are all fu@@en perfect!" She was referring to my, her sister (half owner) and a GM.
I am stressed out now when I come to work and I want the harassment to stop. I am the only female manager and I have not done anything wrong, yet she continues to question my work and listen to negative rumors and allegations about me. I can't defend myself. She says that I am a "key employee" (state licensed) but "not a manager" even though I am the shift manager for two days.
I am currently at work and I have already begun to have a migraine. I know the workplace is affecting me and I want her harassment to stop.
Please help me.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.


I'm sorry to hear about your situation and hope I can help.


Do you believe that the treatment that you're receiving is due to you being the only female manager?


In other words, do you suspect that you are experiencing discrimination due to your gender?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't know if being female is the reason why the owner (female herself) is harassing me. I do feel (as well as other employees) that she is mean and unprofessional. I think she dislikes me because I am close to her sister which she does not get along with. There also was a food service manager (female) that no longer works here that she yelled at in front of all the customers and employees. Yeah, so I do think she is picking on me because she is on a power trip. She does not talk to other managers the way she talks to me.


Hello Elizabeth,


If you have any reason to believe that your employer's treatment of you is due to your gender, you should file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for discrimination on the basis of gender in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.


You can file a complaint using the information available online here:


The Department of Fair Employment and Housing will investigate your complaint and either file suit on your behalf or issue you a right to sue letter so you can pursue you claim against your employer through a private attorney.


Other than that, I'm afraid your options are limited (unless you are a union member or have an employment contract with your employer. Despite popular belief, your employer is not required to treat you in a certain way at your job, and short of violent behavior (or that which makes you fear for your personal safety) your employer is granted broad discretion in how it treats you unless it is treating you negatively due to discrimination based on a protected characteristic. However, as long as you can demonstrate some connection between your gender and the harassment that you're experiencing, you'd have a valid cause of action.


(Also, to note, it is immaterial that your boss is also female, if she treats you differently than other managers due to your gender, that is gender discrimination).


I hope the above information is helpful.


Please let me know if you have any follow up questions.


If not, please remember to rate my answer positively so I get credit for my work!


Thanks and best of luck!

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

So are you saying that an employer can yell at me, accuse me of wrongdoings that are not true, make me literally sick with stress and I cannot do anything about it?


I have been told by my therapist that I should file for disability due to the way my body has been reacting to all the stress.

Hello Elizabeth,


It depends on the extent of the treatment. If your employer's conduct is so outrageous that it has caused you emotional distress, you would have a cause of action against your employer for intentional and/or negligent infliction of emotional distress.


Since you have seen a therapist, that would support your claim for infliction of emotional distress.


You could either file for disability or workers' compensation, since your injury appears to have been caused by your working conditions.


Please remember that I don't make the law and have an obligation to tell you 'how it is' rather than how I would want it to be. And, please remember to rate my answer in accord with the service I provided and not whether the information was what you wanted to hear or not.


Thanks again and best of luck!



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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What does "hostile environment" mean?

Legally, it means a work environment that is hostile (uncomfortable or difficult) to be in due to discrimination due to a protected characteristic, such as race, gender, national origin, or ethnicity.


So legally it doesn't include a work environment that is hostile due to any other reason than discrimination based on a protected characteristic, such as personal dislike, etc.

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