What can I do if my employer calls me a F-ing Bitch in front of another employee?

Rita Risser Chai replies:

If your company has a policy that employees should be treated with respect, this clearly violates that policy. However, if the employer only did this once, it is probably not illegal sexual harassment. In order to be illegal, harassment must be severe. This is usually defined as almost constant verbal abuse. This might be an indication that your employer is discriminating against you in other ways, such as unequal pay. If so, you may have a claim for discrimination. It’s a good idea for you to consult with an attorney to explore your options. Good luck.

Posted 02-07-2018

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.