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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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She Talks on Speaker Phone

Thursday, 17th April, 2014 at 9:56 PM

 Paper thin walls separate my office from the offices on either side. The co-worker in one of these offices talks loudly and insists on using a speaker phone rather than her handset because "it's easier and faster." ---When I complained to her -- nicely -- she called me a self-righteous control freak and told me to get out of her face.---When I asked my supervisor for help, he said he was fed up with...

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Am I Too Short To Get Hired?

Wednesday, 16th April, 2014 at 12:40 AM

 The problem as I see it? I'm 5 feet tall. In Texas, where I worked for the last 20 years, people knew me and saw past my height. Here, despite great references and a proven track record, employers take one look at me and "overlook" my qualifications. I stopped in the restroom after my last 10-minute interview and while in a stall I heard one of the individuals who had passed me in the waiting room laughing about the "runt."

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Innocently Poisoning Your Coworker

Friday, 11th April, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Another employee pulled me aside and told me she smelled "Von's" chicken salad and it smelled funny. I took some, smelled it, took the bowl into the kitchen and decided to toss it. When I went back into the lunchroom, several of the employees had already left the luncheon, including one of the two birthday employees. It was clear the story had spread...

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