Dealing with Bad Bosses and Professors

We’re not naive enough to pretend that everyone is a good person. Sometimes the person sitting right next to you could a future killer. I hate to sound so pessimistic but it’s true. And you should keep it in mind. And they should think the same thing about you. I mean, considering you are probably a stranger to the person sitting next to you in class.

Pretty sure this is unwanted harassment. (photo by kellinahandbasket)

Pretty sure this is unwanted harassment. (photo by kellinahandbasket)

We can be good employees all we want, but if we have bad bosses or professors, our sights are hindered. So are our qualities of work and our learning experiences – not to mention our actual well-being.

It’s not unheard of to be sexually harassed in the workplace or at school. But this is why this article exists – because in case it does happen, you’re going to want to know what to do.

I personally have not been harassed at school, but I have had a boss that would constantly make me feel uncomfortable. He would blatantly check out my butt and do things that I didn’t find okay – like hug me when he noticed I was stressed out. I’m sorry, but if you’re my boss – and I do not know you on that level, then that is not, under any circumstances, okay.

So are you being harrassed? Read these ways your boss might be liable and what you can do about it.

#1. Discriminatory Harassment

“Harassment due to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, disability, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information is illegal.” I’ve been harassed by some of these in the workplace.

#2. Domestic Violence Leave

If your Florida employer has 50 or more employees, they lawfully have to grant employees leave to deal with domestic violence issues. So don’t let them tell you you have to come into work. You’re dealing with an emotional and mental struggle. They lawfully are forced to understand.

#3. Objecting to Illegal Activity

The employer can’t harass an employee who objects to or refuses to participate in illegal activity of the employer (not just a co-worker, but something the company does.) So yes, that means you don’t have to smoke weed with your boss!

#4. Family and Medical Leave

You can’t be harassed for taking Family and Medical Leave. If you have been working for more than a year and they have more than fifty people on staff, you are allowed up to twelve weeks for medical and family leave. But one day over twelve weeks and they don’t have to hold your job for you.

#5. Worker’s Compensation Claim

You can’t be fired for making a worker’s compensation claim.

#6. Testimony Under Subpoena

Your employer cannot hold it against you if you needed to miss work to testify under subpoena.

#7. Having a Firearm In Your Vehicle

Employers in Florida can’t prohibit employees from having firearms locked in their non-company vehicles, or take any action against an employee based on statements that they have firearms in their vehicle.

Just keep in mind that having a mean boss doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harassment. Keep in mind that harassment is serious. Know how to differentiate the two and you will be able to tell if you should file for harassment or not.

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