I am glad that you contacted HR. It is important to report any instances of harassment or discrimination to your employer, so that they can investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
If HR does not take your complaint seriously, or if the harassment or discrimination continues, you may want to consider filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is a federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination.
You can file a complaint with the EEOC online or by mail. You can also contact your local EEOC office for more information.
Here are some additional tips for dealing with a hostile work environment:
- Document everything. Keep a record of all incidents of harassment or discrimination, including the date, time, and what happened.
- Tell someone you trust. Talk to a friend, family member, or coworker about what is happening. They may be able to offer support and advice.
- Consider seeking legal counsel. If the harassment or discrimination is severe, you may want to consider seeking legal counsel. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary.
It is important to remember that you are not alone. There are laws in place to protect you from harassment and discrimination. If you are experiencing a hostile work environment, you should take action to protect yourself.
You’re in a no win situation. The same thing happened to me when I was working in management at a bank. I contacted HR and asked them to help, as I felt I was working in a hostile work environment, and asked what I needed to do. I asked if I should tape record how they were speaking to me, and HR said absolutely not, it’s illegal, and with that, they contacted my immediate bosses, including the higher up Regional Manager, and told them I threatened to record conversations. With that said, my life was even worse after reaching out for help. I even notified the EEOC when they made inappropriate comments about a health issues I have (MS) and told me my sickness will always hold me back. Which is completely illegal, but their attorneys fought it and the report I submitted was dismissed, since it was their word against mine. After 6 years of complete misery,(staying due to bills, food, etc) I finally gave them the long awaited middle finger and walked out. I didn’t have a job to go to, and no plans, but I knew for once I was taking up for my self. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but well worth it! This world is made to accommodate big companies, and crap on the small people who work the hardest. You need to go online at night and find another job ASAP as it will NEVER get better, trust me, been there done that, and it broke me down as a person. I’m now at a great company, and my health is better and I’m living a happy stress free life. God will lead you in the right direction, but you have to take up for yourself. Go on LinkedIn, go to monster.com, do whatever you have to, but you need to get out of there ASAP.