Friday, September 15, 2017

Help! I hate my boss, what do I do? 3 easy steps to deal with workplace harassment.

As an employment lawyer, I am frequently asked this question: "Help, I hate my boss, what do I do?" Having a bad boss is not at all uncommon. Dealing with it may seem difficult at first. Use these 3 steps to help guide you back to happiness and normalcy.
  1. Reflect on why you feel this way. Something that was either done or said to you over the course of months, maybe even years, made you "hate your boss". What was that something? Were you inappropriately touched or was it primarily comment-based? If you are having problems understanding what was done or said that has made you feel this way, then you may need to get in touch with yourself. I recommend seeing a mental health care professional and reading self-help books, such as "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, or listening to self-help podcasts, such as "Law of Attraction Secrets" by Robert Zink. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is a sign of strength. Only people strong enough to admit they need help will ever receive it. 
  2. Write down all the things that were said and done to you. Your memory will most likely not improve with time. While it is still fresh in your head, click open Microsoft Word, create a document, and start typing. For all statements, use quotes. Use dates. Be specific. Who said what specifically to who on which dates? Were you inappropriately touched? If yes, where specifically on your body were you touched by who on which dates? Did it cause pain and, if so, did you see a doctor? What about unfair actions? Did you receive an unfair performance evaluation? If so, save a copy of the evaluation and write specifically how it was unfair. Include all dates of your complaints to Human Resources or any other Company representatives. 
  3. Speak with an expert Employment Lawyer. Not all employees suffering from a hostile work environment are entitled to relief. Not all lawyers practice Employment Law and know what they are doing when it comes to wrongful treatment of employees. Be careful around attorneys who proclaim to have a General Practice or say that they handle all types of matters. Employment Law, like many other areas of practice, has become so specialized that attorneys who practice it successfully mostly do so on an exclusive basis. With that said, Employment Law is what we do. The Law Office of David H. Rosenberg, P.C. will provide you with a free and confidential case review. Please call (516) 741-0300 or visit us at for more information. Problems at work are no problem for us.