Emotional distress from supervisor assault and hostile workplace...
by Anxious Amy
(Junction City, KS)
I need help sorting through how to ask for emotional compensation in an EEOC formal complaint. My supervisor provided a hostile work environment for not just me, but also my fellow co-workers for a period of about 4 months. Then when I confronted her she pushed me out of her office and slammed the door in my face.
I was shook up that she put her hands on me, but it continued to get worse. She was taken out of our section yet she continued to come by and intimidate and harass me. Then she followed me after work one day and after about 8 miles she pulled up alongside me and mouthed the words "bitch" at me and sped off. This was then followed by her turning around and coming back at me directly.
During this time I was letting all of my higher bosses know and they kept assuring me that she was being dealt with. Even with them saying that, she was still harassing me, to the point where I had to be put on medication and seek weekly counseling.
This whole ordeal has made me want to leave not only my job, but the entire area. I have been here for 6 years and I am anxious and sad all the time. Putting a monetary amount on things like this is very hard for me. I really don't even know where to begin. Can you give any information? Is it possible for me to get compensated for this? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Emotional distress from supervisor assault and hostile workplace...":
Anxious Amy (Junction City, KS):
You may be confused. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has no authority to pay, or to force companies or individual persons to pay anyone "emotional compensation."
The EEOC does have has the authority to investigate charges of discrimination against employers based on: "race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information."
The role of the EEOC in an investigation is to fairly and accurately assess the allegations in the discrimination or harassment charge and then make a finding. If the EEOC finds discrimination has occurred, they try to settle the charge. If they are unable to rectify the problem, they have the authority to file a lawsuit to protect the rights of individuals and the interests of the public.
You allege harassment in the workplace. Unless you have evidence your harassment was based on your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information, the EEOC will not take action.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
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