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May my supervisor terminate me for filing a harassment claim against a coworker

Discussion in 'Termination: Firing & Resignation' started by EVAN JOHNSON, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. EVAN JOHNSON

    EVAN JOHNSON Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I work for the county. A coworker is doing what she can to alienate me from others in the office by verbally attacking me. She gossips about me to coworkers, and to my supervisor. She tells every one any mistake I make, but most of what she says is false. The first time I brought it up to my supervisor, she met with the coworker, then tried to get us together. My coworker refused, explaining she couldn't even be in the same room, because she 'hated me,' which my supervisor accepted. I went to the office manager who is also a friend, and I was told, that according to the supervisor, the next person to bring it up would be fired. That could only be me. Last week I reached the end of my patience, went to H/R, and they arranged a meeting. When I got there my supervisor was in charge, the H/R person didn't say a word, and I was again threatened with termination. I do have evidence, and witnesses. My supervisor is not interested in what I have to say, what other people have to say, or any other details --- except for those from this coworker. She absolutely knows this abuse is going on --- every one in the office does, but she refuses to deal with it.
     
  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    I don't see any illegal harassment in your post.
     
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    hrforme Active Member

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    at this point what HR has is two employees/coworkers who don't like each other and don't get along. It's causing conflicts and drama and honestly needs to stop on both sides. That said unless you have a valid complaint (i.e. the reason this coworker hates you is legally protected) any more complaints are going to get you terminated. I'd suggest not speaking or interacting directly with this coworker unless it's a must!
     
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    PayrollHRGuy Well-Known Member

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    What is the nature of the gossip?
     
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    Your employer may not fire you for filing a claim for illegal harassment. However, what your coworker is doing does not appear to be illegal harassment. For harassment to be illegal, it must be based specifically and directly on things like your race, gender, age (if you are over 40, disability and/or religion. Nothing in your post indicates that your coworker's behaviour is based on any of these things.
     
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