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I recently stepped down from a management position to a csr

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I recently stepped down from a management position to a csr position and was finding it difficult to make the adjustment. I tried to discuss it with my immediate supervisor, but got no help. I followed appropriate chain of command and spoke to his supervisor who arranged to meet with both of us. The meeting took place in a small office where I (a female) was seated against a wall flanked by my male supervisor and his boss, also male. My supervisor also sat directly in front of the only door out and was exhibiting clear signs of anger and hostility in his body language and verbally. After several minutes of trying to explain myself, I became increasingly uncomfortable and got no sense that any resolution was forth coming. I lost control of my emotions and stormed out, quitting my job. I feel that they placed me in a hostile situation, which directly led to my actions. Is it legal for them to do this, and do I have any options open to me for some compensation?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
In the law, the term "hostile" refers to behavior specifically committed because of discriminatory conduct based upon age/race/sex/disability. Just because you were brought into an office with two male supervisors and you interpreted "anger and hostility" as long as that anger and hostility was not specifically because of your age/race/sex/disability, I am afraid you really have no legal cause of action. The US Supreme Court has stated that the hostile envirorment laws were to address discriminatory conduct based upon age/race/sex/disablity and were not designed to create a code of civility in the workplace (See: Oncale v. Sundowner Industries). Unfortunately, what you did was voluntarily resigned your position and based upon the above circumstances you described, there was nothing unlawful/discriminatory or actionable about their conduct.

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