Was sick, got fired, was bullied by two employees. What exactly do I do?

Q) I had a full time job and got sick with a stomach bug. I called in and told my boss I couldn’t go in because I was vomiting and was told that’s fine. The next day I went in still sick but I tried to just work through it and couldn’t. They FORCED me to go to the doctor (I told my boss I couldn’t afford it and that I can just wait for my mom to get off work and she can take me. My boss wouldn’t ALLOW that to happen and took me herself and paid for it herself) and she then tried to FORCE me into a drug/alcohol test. I was sick with a stomach bug is what the doctor concluded. The nurse told me that being 21, I could refuse and that since I wasn’t injured at work or injured anyone else she really didn’t have a right to try and secretly force a drug/alcohol test. I was fired when we returned to work and they said they were already going to fire me with or without the test and then proceeded to ADD as in hand wrote in that that was another reason for firing me. After I left they went in and electronically added it and want me to go collect it. Other reasons for firing me was that I “had a bad attitude, coworker relations, work ethic, tardiness”, and that I “don’t change or accept responsibility” these are blatant lies. I worked grooming dogs for them and I was constantly doing half of the dogs or majority of the dogs on a regular basis. I was being targeted and bullied by two employees who admitted to another employee that they were intentionally doing something for the sole purpose of being mean and petty. They claim a lot of thenigs that have SUPPOSEDLY been going on since march and yet I was given a 50¢ raise(usual is 25¢) within the past month. Oh, and now former employer wants me to destroy the separation notice with the hand written in refusal of drug/alcohol test. I will not as it proves she is a liar. So what exactly do I do since my employer is obviously lying on an official document?

A) If you are being harassed or discriminated against, you can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A complaint can be filed within 180 days from the time of the event; this time limit could be extended in some situations.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit retaliation including punishing job applicants or employees for asserting their rights to be free from employment discrimination and/or harassment.  Asserting these EEO rights is called “protected activity,” and it can take many forms.  For example, it is unlawful to retaliate against applicants or employees for:

  • Filing or being a witness in an EEO charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit
  • Communicating with a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination, including harassment
  • Answering questions during an employer investigation of alleged harassment
  • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination
  • Resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others
  • Requesting accommodation of a disability or for a religious practice
  • Asking managers or co-workers about salary information to uncover potentially discriminatory wages

Call 1-800-669-4000 to file a complaint with your local EEOC office.
Use this map to find the EEOC office that handles federal complaints in your state or territory.
Contact your state Labor Office to learn more about filing a complaint in your state.
Learn how to file discrimination or harassment complaints against programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance and employers holding federal contracts or subcontracts.
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