Does it need to involve weapons to be a hostile work environment?
August 17, 2011 7:46 AM Subscribe
Should I got to HR about a hostile work environment?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have worked in a medium sized consumer company for about two years. Recently we have had a change in a few levels of mgmt, including my direct boss. A rather bitter person I work with has taken this as an opportunity to force their position on all of us. This person is generally acknowledges by many people to be an angry person.
I was recently out of town and this person made changes to a document and sent it to another person, but told that person to not tell me what changes had been made because s/he wanted to see if I would find the errors - literally like a test! Thankfully the other person involved told me. This person is on the equal footing as me, so they do not manage me but act like it.
Additionally I recently took on a daily internet aspect of a project he/she was working on for a couple months. While I was on vacation I asked this person to please take it over and they said basically "are you sure you won't have internet access? I don't know if i can do all those days". I was asking for 7 days of what I have been doing for at least 40 and will do for another 40 or so.
There have also been lectures about how this person doesn't like emails and would just prefer I come into her/his office. Clearly I have to modify my working style to suite them. There were other general hostile emails calling me a liar, amongst other things.
This is getting bad enough that is is affecting my work - I actually am making mistakes and missing things because of this. The problem is my new boss is not much of a charmer - having said things are "F*ckin retarded and F*ckin gay" in meetings.
I am thinking of going to HR, but worry I will be labeled a complainer. I just feel I can't go to the new boss as he is a C-Level exec and part of the problem.