A successful company relies on both its workforce and upper management. Ultimately, every single employee should be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, that isn’t always how things work out.
Supervisors generally have more power than employees, and this power can go to their heads. They may think they can treat you any way they like as an employee, with no repercussions.
However, this is not the case. The law in California protects you from having to work in an environment that is hostile. Outlined below are a few things that your boss simply cannot get away with.
Abusing you physically or verbally
Under no circumstances is your boss allowed to use or threaten to use violence against you. Most managers know this, but some do not know that this also applies to verbal abuse. Supervisors are not legally permitted to humiliate you in front of co-workers and customers.
Violating your privacy
You have a right to privacy, including in the workplace. Your boss is not allowed to read your personal messages or search your belongings without your permission. Some managers claim that they have this right and use it as an attempt to make staff feel powerless. This is unacceptable and it is also unlawful.
Bullying in the workplace can have severe consequences on your career and health. It is not something you should ever have to put up with. If you are being subjected to such behavior, then it’s important that you address it. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will give you a clearer idea of your options.