Legal Question in Employment Law in Michigan

Is workplace harassment or hostile work environment taking place when an employer sets unreasonable expectations and uses the threat of discipline and loss of job to meet these expectations? I would like to add that the employer has been told by the employee of the extent of hostility felt in the workplace. The employee has addressed it with senior management and human resources in written documentation of the employee's situation. This written documentation also has proof of the extent of the employer's unreasonable requests, yet, the employer has not acknowledged the employee's distress.

Asked on 11/17/10, 10:17 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Timothy Klisz Klisz Law Office, PLLC

No, this is not actionable. It sounds like a poor fit of employee and job, or bad management. In any event, hostile work environment is a legal theory that only applies to sex, race, religion, handicap, etc., not general "harrassment" like you have described. Tim Klisz

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Answered on 11/23/10, 10:22 am

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