Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, says Labor Rights Week is a time “to rededicate ourselves to make workplaces fair and safe.” Please sign the national petition and tell her we need the Department of Labor to help employees suffering in abusive work environments. Each signature generates an individual email that is sent directly to both Solis and Obama. The petition is covered with thousands of tragic stories of suffering that Solis needs to help prevent:
#7672 18:04, Aug 27, Name not displayed, PA
To the decision makers, How would you like to have been laughed at and after put up against a wall and threatened to continue to product numbers for them., laughed at and told you needed to get down on your hands and knees and beg for your job, cursed at, set up and humiliated in front of many peers, worked 16 hours a day or accused of insubordiniton. TRUTH
12:40, Aug 27, Name not displayed, OH I once had a supervisor that bullied me at work. It was bad enough that people mistreated me most of my life. But this was the worst. He said nasty things about me behind my back and I could hear him. He wanted to make me cut my hair even though other men in the company had long hair. I wasn’t in a public facing position. He wanted to fire me over performance even though I was a top performer. I got removed from an account for something that wasn’t my fault. Everyone knew it wasn’t my fault but the supervisor insisted that it was and he knew nothing about the account. He micromanaged me at every turn. He made comments on my every move while I was taking phone calls all day. It was nerve-wracking. He was nice to my face and mean behind my back. He called my house saying bad things to get me kicked out. He got into my personal life. He said he noticed that I didn’t have any pictures in my cubical. But neither did he. He complained that I ate at my desk. I had low blood sugar and it wasn’t against company police to eat at my desk. He abused his power and told everyone that I was disgruntled. There was no way for me to defend myself. Even if I gave two weeks notice, I would still be a no rehire. If you were treated like dirt for four years, would you be happy? I had reason to be dissatisfied. I made less than $40,000 a year. The supervisor made twice that and he thought I made too much. I was afraid to tell HR out of fear of retaliation. The supervisor was a sociopath. One day it got so bad that I couldn’t stand it anymore. I left the company feeling very sad and angry. I was angry about it for almost a year…
#7667 17:38, Aug 26, Name not displayed, WA
I worked for the state of Washington for 25 years. The first 23 were great until they hired a young, ABUSIVE supervisor who asked me to do unethical things. When I reported her, she spent the next two years making my life a LIVING HELL. I have asthma & she intentionally put me into situations that aggravated my asthma to the point I ended up in the ER. I was also diagnosed with work induced depression. She ordered the leadworkers to scour over my work to find flaws to use against me. She also used flaws within the long distance phone system that the state uses (SCAN) to fire me. Soon after she fired me, I had a stress induced heart attack. I am currently involved in a major lawsuit against the state of Washington and DSHS for disability discrimination and unsafe workplace for the abuse and bullying that I suffered at the hands of my ex-supervisor and her INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.
#7656 17:35, Aug 11, Ms. Sarah Webb, AL I was bullied on my job for 8 yrs. The supervisior snapped and physically attacked me… I was fired and she remained at work. Because of poblitics, I could not get a warrant on the girl…The District Attorney that I worked for stopped that. There is nothing I can do. Now they are telling lies about me. I have pictures and documented daily the actions in the office.
# 7,655 15:17, Aug 11, Debora Cintron, CO A single mother of two boys, and raising a son with autism. I had challenges with people bullying me my entire life. I never thought it could happen at work too. I am like most people, trying to make a living for my boys. I do not get any help, and it is profound, how individuals can mistreat anyone to take their job. My job was replaced by my bully’s best friend. I currently undergoing a EEOC, solely based on religion and age. I find this heartbreaking, that calling me names, and placing dog stool under my desk, isn’t against the law. We are really off the track on how to treat people. These are the same individuals growing up in schools, to do the same behavior as adults. Let’ s put an end to it now. My recommendation to others, if your being mistreated, use a tape recorder hidden on you daily to protect yourself.
# 7,654 23:25, Aug 10, Rossalind Horne, NY suspended for 30 business days without pay…as a result of being dizzy and nauseated during the heatwave during the month of July…2 year final warning to boot…isn’t this illegal?
# 7,653 18:03, Aug 09, Ms. Jo Anne Hall, CA As a per son who has held supervisory positions throughout my working life, I have endeavored to make sure that every employee & volunteer I have supervised is treated with respect & courtesy, regardless of their position or their competence. I was surprised to learn that many of them believed that this treatment was unexpected & exceptional. Every person, regardless of ability, needs respect to carry out responsibilities, & acknowledging & promoting respect is usually a guarantee of commitment to their work & respect for co-workers.
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