Someone near and dear to me is going through some very stressful times at work and I am wondering what sort of recourse an employee has from being harassed by a hostile boss. Any labor laws?
The boss is a brand new person following a string of similar people hired and it is going from bad to worse. She is not only a micromanager but lacks respect for her staff . Everyone is highly criticized and she demands to know everything from the most trivial stuff. Her assistant was found crying in frustration at her desk.
The employee I am concerned about, is a manager level professional but she treats him like a child. She actually said she will have no back talk. Said employee, has years of experience and is not a yes man and has often been the go to person. He will not allow to be cowed by this person. She is also forgetful and she will get angry (drama queen, hands in the air) angry if something goes different than what she expected. I just read an email she sent to him criticizing every level of his managerial responsibilities with trivial items. She copied senior management on this email. I am not sure if he should reply to this email explaining all those items or not answering the nonsense at all. I lean towards explaining since it was copied to senior management but I think he needs to do more than that.
HR is useless. They have no power in that place. They have allowed people like this to come in and get away with this behavior. Senior management also does not care.
I know the quick answer is to look for another job, but no one is rushing to hire middle aged males, despite amount of experience. Yes, he has been networking and has gone on some interviews and everyone loves him on the phone. Eventually, he will find something but until then, it is making him sick.
If you have any ideas, we welcome your advice