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My husband is being harrassed at work... what should we do?

My husband called me just a few minutes ago and said there was another incident at work. He works at a fiancial office with about 50 employees. Jobs are scarce in our area so he is afraid to quit, because he may not find anything else. Basically a lot of rude comments are made about his race and his stuttering problem. They do not allow him to take breaks, while everyone else in the office gets to. I am sick with the flu today and he called to see how I was, and his boss grabbed the phone from him and slammed it down. They have gotten in his face and yelled at him on several occasions and other coworkers have called him inapproiate names and swore at him. He has been there for four years and it is getting worse. Do you think we have legal action against the company?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:13 PM on Oct. 29, 2008 in Money & Work

Answers (8)
  • Yes, take legal action. FInd a good lawyer and be sure to also read up on discrimination in the workplace for yourself.

    Answer by Apr1l at 2:16 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Umm you should call the head suporvisor or owner of the company. Have him record this stuff . Maybe even call ur local news station and ask them. I'd file some harassment or something with the courts. Tell him to talk back but not mean to where they would fire him. Ask him to ask the people that are mean to ask what their problem is with ur husband. They can't discriminate against color or anything

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Absolutely you have the right to take legal action! That is ridiculous and completely unacceptable in a work environment! I would put a call into an attorney to see exactly what your rights are, and what documentation you would need to prove this is happening. Noone should have to go through that at work!

    Answer by KennsWifey at 2:24 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • At the very least he should start looking for another job, so he has some else to go when he tells them to shove it. Well, he shouldn't do that. He should be on his best behavior so that if you are able to file suit, they have nothing on him and can't excuse anything by his "behavior". Just make sure he puts "no" on the may we contact your current employer question on any forms.

    Answer by mandaday at 2:25 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Get yourself a lawyer. There are so many things that are wrong here that you have a super suit against them. And start looking for another job on the QT.

    Answer by companygoddess at 4:30 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Make sure you have documentation with names, dates and names of people who were present when these instances occur. (hopefully you have been doing this all along, but its not too late to start) No ONE should have to work in that type of environment. You should definately take action. Hopefully your husband works a shift where he is able to look for employment in a different company.

    Answer by cinderellamom2 at 8:14 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • That would be a "hostile work environment"! Start looking up stuff on the internet using those words too.

    Answer by slw123 at 8:32 PM on Oct. 29, 2008


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:58 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

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