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In a nut shell: bully boss; hostile work environment; nothing done by HR or Union. I was granted medical retirement without a real resolution to my written report of hostile work environment. I think I was granted retirement just to “go away.” What recourse do I have?
Once you are gone on a disability retirement, your options are limited. You can complain and hope that higher level management acts. You can file with the IG, but most likely you will be ignored. As a practical matter, I don’t think you have recourse through the system. And mostly likely, you cannot successfully sue your bully boss because of complicated immunity rules making such suits rare.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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