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I am very sorry to hear about the way you are being treated at work. Unfortunately, though, and contrary to what most people believe, there is no requirement of civility in the workplace and no law that prevents employers from being rude, aggressive, or even downright nasty to their employees. These sorts of behavior are only prohibited if they relate directly to an individual's race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age (over 40), or sexual orientation, or if they occur in retaliation
for engaging in protected conduct (e.g. filing a wage
claim, or taking FMLA
protected leave, or complaining about the sort of unlawful harassment described above). In these cases, the law does recognize a claim for "hostile work environment."
However, rude, "hostile"or retaliatory treatment for any other reason, despite being unprofessional and uncalled for, is not in violation of any law. So, for example, it would be illegal to yell racial slurs at an employee but it is not illegal to call an employee "stupid." The courts have made clear that they will not be the arbiter for all other forms of workplace harassment, no matter how egregious, unless it involves "protected traits" or unlawful retaliation as described above.
Since it does not appear that you are suffering harassment that relates to a legally protected trait or activity, your options are extremely limited and essentially consist of talking to the owner and asking them to be more respectful or seeking alternative employment where you are hopefully treated with the respect you deserve. You are correct that you cannot simply quit and collect unemployment benefits
until you find a new job, so you'll need to look for employment while you are still employed and then quit once you've secured another offer.
I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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