Workplace Harassment forced me to resign

  1. Hello,
    I just don't know what to do, I'm hoping someone out there has been in a similar situation and can lend me advice.
    I have just resigned from my job. I lost a pension, matched 401K, my health benefits, top pay hands down and a job I love, well used to love anyway.
    I was experiencing blatant harassment and witness to favoritism in 2016. All began when there was a overhaul in Management and our director of the Home Health Agency "resigned' and there was a shift with the new Clinical Director who came in from another field office.
    Everything went down from there. It got so bad that I went out on Stress Leave to avoid a complete mental breakdown. Yes we were unionized and yes I worked with my union rep.
    But in the end, the intimidation by Management and a couple coworkers got the better of me and I took the easy way out.
    Now my old coworker is experiencing the very same treatment I did and I feel that I need to do something.
    I'm no longer an employee, just resigned on Monday of this week. I have written proof of some of the harassment as well as detailed descriptions of what occurred and when. Most of which was never formally revealed to Management or upper management
    Does anyone know if I have a leg to stand on at this juncture if for nothing else but to support my coworker and keep her from having the same fate?

    FYI- I worked for a very large Corp, with a lot of money and known to not support their nurses.

    thank you in advance,

    Rnpeds13
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on May 19
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  2. 81 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
    Why waste your time and energy? If you need income devote your efforts to getting a new job.
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from caliotter3
    Why waste your time and energy? If you need income devote your efforts to getting a new job.
    Agreed. It's done and you lost. Pick up the pieces and move on. You have enough problems of your own without taking on your friend's problems.
  5. by   rnpeds13
    Why? Workplace harassment is wrong and turning a blind eye allows abuse to continue. If the employees before me had spoken up and resisted the intimidation (and their were several) then maybe this wouldn't have happened to me. maybe wont happen to you in your career..
    what happened to nurses standing together?
  6. by   rnpeds13
    It not my friends "problems", its harassment and intimidation by Management.


    Famous Holocaust Poem:

    First They Came for the Jews
    by Martin Niemöller

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.
  7. by   Been there,done that
    You would need to consult an attorney for that leg to stand on.

    You don't need our permission to help your friend. I would make sure I had another job before I took on that very large corporation.
  8. by   TheMoonisMyLantern
    You quit the job but now you want to get high and mighty about fighting against harassment? Get a lawyer and duke it out or move on. More than likely you're just going to come across as a jaded ex-employee and not be taken seriously.
  9. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from rnpeds13
    It not my friends "problems", its harassment and intimidation by Management.


    Famous Holocaust Poem:

    First They Came for the Jews
    by Martin Niemöller

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.
    This is no holocaust ...just a job that didn't work out. In any case, do as you'd like. I wouldn't waste my own time, though.
  10. by   roser13
    Quote from rnpeds13
    It not my friends "problems", its harassment and intimidation by Management.


    Famous Holocaust Poem:

    First They Came for the Jews
    by Martin Niemöller

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.
    I'm not sure that comparing a disgruntled employee's position to the Holocaust is remotely appropriate.
  11. by   meanmaryjean
    The Holocaust reference is COMPLETELY out of line in this discussion. And you really should be ashamed to bring it into the discussion.

    You voluntarily resigned from a job and now (as an ex-employee) feel like you will be able to effect some type of change. In a place you no longer work.

    And- if anyone is not 'standing together' is it YOU, as you quit.
  12. by   JKL33
    Number one: The harassment and favoritism you report having experienced/witnessed is neither akin to, nor remotely similar to, things experienced by victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Obviously I do not know you but what has been written so far could make one wonder whether the writer has a penchant for drama and/or handles conflict poorly.

    I have no doubt you wish the situation as you experienced it wouldn't happen to anyone else. But you need to examine yourself regarding how much of your motivation is 'helping others' and how much is more about revenge.

    You are not an employee there any more. Your friend needs to make a choice about whether to remain employed there. That is all.

    A sentiment more appropriate for this situation (than the Holocaust poem): The best revenge is a life well lived. Move on.

    You can realize personal growth from this experience if you allow yourself to do so.
  13. by   caliotter3
    FWIW, the advice I gave was the free version of what I was told by an employment attorney when facing a legal department bigger than me. Don Quixote did better with the windmills than I cared to challenge. Since I can't dispense legal advice here per the terms of service, I'll stick with Don Quixote. He charges less per hour anyway.
  14. by   Avid reader
    Since no one actually knows the situation except based on your description, you need to get an attorney. Try several so you can find out if you are being objective or just emotional. If as described, you shouldn't let them get away with it but you need to consider that it is a raw wound currently and you could be possibly over reacting. I would get a new job first and then reconsider if you want to litigate.

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