Orlando, FL asked in Employment Law for Florida

Q: My manager called me into her office and said "I am frustrated with you". Is this a good statement?

Everyone has their share of mistakes, we do not live in a perfect world. Out of my years of work, I have never had a manager use that statement, against me. She is an HR manager, I feel very uncomfortable now. She also gave me a warning, Just want to know if there is a solution for this.

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Brett Daniel Kaplan
Brett Daniel Kaplan
  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Hi: I'm sorry for your situation feeling uncomfortable by the HR manager at work -- I appreciate that frustration. If you feel uncomfortable, you can always voice that to a different individual within the HR department. Also, to be sure, the law would be triggered here if the HR manager said "I am frustrated with you," after you bring a complaint of discrimination or harassment you experienced or witnessed. If the HR manager said, "I am frustrated with you," after you made a mistake (correct, everyone has their share of mistakes), there would be nothing in violation of the law per se without anything more. Basically, its unfortunate but your employer can be a "jerk" to you without violating the law unless they discriminate against you because you filed discrimination or harassment complaint.

For you: I would suggest writing a concise email to someone else in HR explaining your thoughts of feeling uncomfortable.

Of course, you should always reach out to a lawyer whenever a situation arises at work which you are unsure of how to proceed.

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