My boss is a jerk. What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is no law against bad bosses. However, if your boss is affecting your employment because of your age, race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, military status, or because you are pregnant, then you may have legal rights. If your boss is being a jerk because you reported unlawful workplace conduct, you may have a retaliation claim. If the problem is simply that your boss is rude, or you have a personality confl ict, you can complain to your HR Department, but there isn’t much you can do from a legal perspective.
Do I have to put up with my boss asking me out for drinks or telling me sexual stories?
Most people know that workplace sexual harassment is illegal. Any time such requests or talk is making you uncomfortable, you should tell the harasser to stop and report the harassment to your employer.
Can my employer retaliate against me for complaining about workplace abuses?
An employer generally may not retaliate against an employee who engages in conduct protected by law. Protected conduct includes opposing workplace discrimination, assisting in an investigation of discrimination, refusing to engage in conduct you reasonably believe to be unlawful, taking protected leave, requesting accommodations for a disability, associating with people of a certain race, sex, national origin, religion, or who are disabled, or otherwise exercising your legal rights.
What if I get sick and miss work, or if I have to miss work to take care of a family member?
If there are 50 or more employees at your workplace, you may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, if you have a serious health condition, or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent. When you return, your employer must provide you with the same or similar position you held.
I am afraid to tell my supervisor that I am pregnant. What should I do?
Under the law, employers must treat pregnant employees the same as employees with temporary disabilities, as long as pregnancy does not interfere with the performance of the employees’ major job functions. Employers must also provide pregnant employees with the same benefi ts that they provide to temporarily disabled employees, including time off and reasonable help with performing their duties while on the job.