Employment Law

Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Employment Law

Being psychologically harassed at my place of employment

Customer Question
I am being psychological harassed...
I am being psychological harassed at my place of employment (in New York state). My manager has made me a target of termination by giving me contradictory instructions, attempts to get me to volunteer to leave and now she is micromanaging me. In all attempts to force me to resign and pose threats or termination. I have requested three times to be transferred to another team but my request continue to be ignored.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Employment Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
7/21/2016
Employment Lawyer: Maverick, Lawyer replied 1 year ago
Maverick
Maverick, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 6,425
Experience: 20 years professional experience
Verified

ANSWER: New York is considered to be an "employment at will" state. This means that an employer can for the most part fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all and the employee usually will have no legal recourse even when the discharge is unfair or unreasonable. That said, the employer cannot fire you or harass you based on your race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual preferences. Further, if you have a signed contract for employment for a particular term or duration, then the contract as well as any write-up or termination policies in an employment handbook must be followed uniformly across all employees. Finally, they cannot harass or fire you because you report or threaten to report an employer's violations of the law to the government or stand up for your rights as an employee.

In your case, it appears that they are not willing to terminate you hoping that you will leave on your own so that they don't have to pay for unemployment. But, based on what you have mentioned, I don't see a viable case here. I know this is not the answer you wanted to hear, but I am assuming that you are paying for a professional and honest answer.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Ask Maverick Your Own Question
Maverick
Maverick
Maverick, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 6,425
6,425 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 20 years professional experience

Maverick is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,184 satisfied customers

JD, BBA, recognized by ABA for excellence.

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

12,480 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,264 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

11,887 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

3,773 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
A Florida law question regarding termination of employment
a Florida law question regarding termination of employment with a 10 year old employee. in the termination letter do we have to provide a reason? There is no contract in place and we would like to kno… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
If an employment termination agreement states the following:
if an employment termination agreement states the following: "If this agreement is acceptable to you, please sign and date below and send me the fully signed agreement within seven (7) days. The Compa… read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,240 satisfied customers
Can a 1099 be asked to sign an employee handbook? Not a
Im in Texas the company is in California. Work at Will … read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
883 satisfied customers
My daughter was denied unemployment for she was terminated.
My daughter was denied unemployment for she was terminated. She made a copy of some notes that her boss had in her desk. I believe she was under emotional distress and had a monetary loss of judgment.… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,853 satisfied customers
Can an employer put someone on a paid LOA and then terminate
Second opinion] can an employer put someone on a paid LOA and then terminate them after the LOA end date?… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,480 satisfied customers
I was terminated by my employer for not following core
I was terminated by my employer for not following core values. This happened after a new supervisor had told me I wasn't doing my job. The supervisor came to me and said "I am your boss, you will do w… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
Can an employer put someone on a paid LOA and then terminate
can an employer put someone on a paid LOA and then terminate them after the LOA end date? … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
Can an employe be terminated for talking about joining a
can an employe be terminated for talking about joining a union … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,853 satisfied customers
Spended/ and Terminated from employment with Comcast
spended/ and Terminated from employment with Comcast Cablevision for a false allegation of misconduct 3 days after making a FMLA inquiry through my jobs Disability insurance (Sedgwick). I made the inq… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
883 satisfied customers
I was terminated from my employment for a safety violation,
I was terminated from my employment for a safety violation, which they said was on a CCTV. I asked to see the video and they stated that I could not. Is that correct? Also, I was given a final paychec… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
883 satisfied customers
I was recently terminated from unemployment of 16 and a half
I was recently terminated from unemployment of 16 and a half years due to an error in medication that was prescribed by my pain management doctor that a warning to human resources was ignored . I'll h… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I was terminated yesterday. My employer said in an email
i was terminated yesterday. My employer said in an email that he is holding my final paycheck until I return a couple electronic devices. I am in Wisconsin right now and pay day is tomorrow. I was tol… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
883 satisfied customers
I was terminated from 8 years of employment for not
I was terminated from 8 years of employment for not productive as per company standards and insubordination. Never a verbal warning, no written warning, in fact, I had a heart attack on Wed, heart sur… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
6,867 satisfied customers
I was terminated and the employer did not follow the
I was terminated and the employer did not follow the policies of the company that it did with all of the other terminations that it does. I have proof of age discrimination, gender discrimination, rac… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
My employers handbook says they do not pay out unused PTO
My employers handbook says they do not pay out unused PTO upon separation. Yet Texas State law says if you give two week notice, it is required that they pay out your PTO. Am I reading this law incorr… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
17,961 satisfied customers
Unemployment asking for reimbursement. Yes. My employer has
My employer has indicated to unemployment whay my last day of work was. However I remained a pool employee for an additional 4+ months past the last actual work date. Because they have the date of separation as the last actual work day, unemployment has indicated that they overpaid me for the time period of my last day worked through my actual separation date. HR has indicated that they do not have anything about this is their file. They did call unemployment and explained the ordinance (last day worked is what they go by), but also indicated that I remained a pool employee past that date even though I was not called to work.… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I have a question ragarding employment termination because
i have a question ragarding employment termination because of home confiment … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,887 satisfied customers
Can a M.D. collect unemployment when she was terminated for
Can a M.D. collect unemployment when she was terminated for breaking apt care law? … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x