Q: Is this a good candidate for a retaliation case in California?
I complained to management about consistently having 3-4 time the caseload promised but still having to meet the metrics of people who have 30 cases. I had 166 at one point. I also complained about how a lot of their workflows do not make sense. They have never done our jobs so they don't know what its really like. Since then management has been over checking my work, finding fault in everything, even checking my voicemail greeting for no apparent reason saying it is not correct, but have NOT been doing the same to my coworkers who also go off script on their voicemails. The other manager said that shouldn't happen bc management doesn't have time to check voicemails. I get emails about petty things everyday. I didn't get my "above and beyond bonus" but have been getting bonuses prior for doing way less work. MUCH more has been happening but too much detail to put. Even my coworkers notice how I'm being treated stating "I think they hate you". Is this worth a consultation with a lawyer?
Unfortunately, there is no law against being a bad boss unless the boss' behavior is motivated by a protected class such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, military service, pregnancy, disability or other protected status or retaliates against you for opposing such conduct.
The conduct must also be severe and persuasive in order to be actionable.
Certainly you can make a good argument that you are being subjected to retaliation. However many forms of retaliation are not against the law. Only retaliation against you because you engaged in some form of legally protected conduct becomes something you can sue about. Complaining about a bad boss and the like is not considered protected conduct.
Sorry for the bad news. Good luck to you.
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