abusive boss

increadibly abusive boss wanted to meet alone with him and i said i will only communicate thru our GM and he deleted my email, dismissed me and now is saying if i dont meet him it means i quit should i ask him to fire me? I did nothing wrong on the contrary I excell at my job, he makes everyone cry, yells, bullies, a lot of even men have quit.

1 answer  |  asked Apr 16, 2015 2:15 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Marilynn Mika Spencer
Unfortunately, employees and job applicants have very few employment rights, and employers have a lot of leeway in how they choose to run their businesses. In general, an employer can be unfair, obnoxious or bad at management. It’s not a level playing field. An employer hires employees to provide work for its benefit, not for the benefit of the employees. Don't expect the employer to take care of its employees; it doesn’t have to and it rarely does.

There are some limitations on what an employer can do, mostly in the areas of public policy (such as discrimination law or whistle blowing), contract law, union-employer labor relations, and constitutional due process for government employees. Please see my guide to at-will employment in California which should help you understand employment rights: http://www.thespencerlawfirm.com/pdf/tslf-at-will-california.pdf. After you take a look at the guide, you may be able to identify actions or behavior that fits one of the categories that allows for legal action. If so, an experienced plaintiffs employment attorney may be helpful.

Employment rights come from the state and federal legislatures. One of the best things people can do to improve their employment rights is vote for candidates with a good record on pro-employee, anti-corporate legislation. Another way to protect employment rights is to form or affiliate with a union, or participate in a union already in place.

I hope there is a good resolution to this situation.

posted by Marilynn Mika Spencer  |  Apr 19, 2015 01:03 AM [EST]

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