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Those of Us Left Behind

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014 at 7:32 PM

 Is there any hope for those of us who work for a long-term bully? Mr. Bully runs our branch office and, one by one, he's gotten rid of anyone who takes him on or questions his dictatorship. But because our office employs many talented, productive employees, we produce great results and the corporate headquarters thinks he walks on water.

I didn't realize how bad the situation was until I was promoted onto the management team. Before, I'd been shielded by a manager who liked employees to use their minds and voice their opinions, even ones contrary to her thinking. Needless to say...

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Can A Worker Sue Ex-Boss/Ex-Lover

Thursday, 5th June, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I had an affair for two years with my boss. We kept it secret because he told me if others knew, he would lose his career and they would have to let one or both of us go. He told me I was the best thing that had ever happened to him.--- For his birthday, I gave him what I thought was the best present ever. I let him know I had accepted a job elsewhere and we could openly be a couple. He did not even pretend to be happy.
You may have guessed what happened then... 

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Personal Life & Theft:

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Four months ago, my boss asked me to help train a new employee. She was personable, and we hit it off. Soon we were exchanging details of our lives and frequently ate lunch together.--- What I didn't know at the time was that she was a private investigator my employer hired to pose as an employee to investigate theft. I confided in this woman I considered my friend that I was looking for a new job and planned on quitting without...

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Thursday, 22nd May, 2014 at 6:32 PM

The organization recruited me for the board to help straighten out the organization's finances. I'm glad they did. I love our organization's mission.--- I was told it was no problem that the executive director was leaving because she had retired on the job and the board was glad she was moving on of her own accord. Those who recruited me assured me the organization would be OK because there was a strong internal candidate. --- He's self-centered, condescending and arrogant. --- We had a long conversation in which he told me he was better at handling clients than anyone else -- He also criticized both staff and board members.

Is it just my accountant's mind that makes these behaviors seem wrong?  

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Does my boss have the right to all my medical information?

Thursday, 15th May, 2014 at 11:00 PM

My employer wants me to sign an "Authorization to Obtain Medical Information & Reports" form, which gives them permission to obtain any and all medical information and reports for any treatment from any physician or medical facility prior to or during my employment. --- I don't want to sign this form but don't want to lose my job over it. What recourse do I have?  

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Supervisor defamed me in a performance review

Tuesday, 13th May, 2014 at 9:13 PM


My former supervisor, who doesn't like me because I threaten her, gave me a mediocre performance review. As a result, I lost my chance for a major, four-figure bonus. I refused to sign the review because her "doesn't meet expectations" ratings have no basis in fact. --- I protested the review to human resources and senior management. HR tells me I can write a rebuttal but this won't get me my bonus...Can I sue for defamation as my supervisor harmed my reputation?

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My Boss Spies on Me

Thursday, 8th May, 2014 at 10:04 PM

After I got injured at work and filed a workers' compensation claim, my employer began spying on me. A woman at work gave me a call to let me know what was up. After that, I've seen the same man in different locations, most recently when I was leaving the grocery store.


My employer has also demanded access to my Facebook postings. Aren't these actions a gross invasion of personal privacy?

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How Honest Should I Be In a Exit Interview?

Wednesday, 30th April, 2014 at 12:24 AM

I hate my boss. It's been hell working here my last two weeks. Tomorrow is my last day and I can't wait to get out of this place!

I've been alerted that I have to take part in an exit interview...

Should I be brutally honest?

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Alaskan Salary Fright

Thursday, 24th April, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Our family needs to leave Alaska to care for aging parents but we can't find jobs in the state where we're migrating. The problem? Alaska wages. Jobs in our soon-to-be-new state pay half what we earn here.
How do we let prospective employers know we're willing to accept lower wages--?

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Jane's Story

Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 at 10:47 PM

You know her as "Jane."
You've seen the bruises on her face and arms. You haven't said anything because you didn't want to intrude. One day, you run into her in the break room, tears rolling down her cheeks as she pours herself a cup of coffee.
You tell her you want to help. She's scared. If you're her manager, she fears you may fire her for bringing drama into the workplace. If she's your co-worker, she worries you'll tell your manager. You let her know you won't fire her or violate her privacy.
She tells you she has a boyfriend, or husband, who...

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