Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I have been wanting to write you ever since I read your article in the Federal Times on “Handling Disrespectful Behavior.” Your article discussed disrespectful subordinates. I would like to hear your view on disrespectful supervisors. What constitutes disrespect in the treatment of subordinates and what should they do about it?
Supervisors, of course, should treat their subordinates with respect. Those supervisors who do not do this are opening themselves up to a hostile work environment claim and possible removal from supervision or other discipline. Employees who experience hostility can file an EEO complaint, a grievance, complain informally to HR or higher management or to the IG.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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