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How to handle a boss who speaks inappropriately to you

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | Hostile Work Environment

Dealing with a boss who speaks inappropriately can be challenging and stressful. Whether the inappropriate language is offensive, demeaning, or simply unprofessional, employees need to address the situation effectively. 

Luckily, California’s employment law protects employees from any workplace harassment. It can help them maintain a healthy work environment. Employees may follow some smart tips to deal with the situation. 

Stay calm and professional

When faced with inappropriate comments or behavior from your boss, you must remain calm and composed. Reacting emotionally can escalate the situation and may not lead to a productive resolution. 

Document the behavior

Keep a detailed record of instances where your boss speaks inappropriately. Note the date, time, location, and specifics of the comments or behavior. If there are any witnesses, record their names as well. Documentation can help you escalate the issue to HR or higher management.

Consider your options

If the situation doesn’t improve after reporting it to HR, you may need to consider other options. This could include transferring to a different department, seeking a new job within the organization, or, if necessary, looking for employment elsewhere. 

Know your rights

Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies on workplace behavior and harassment. Additionally, understand your legal rights regarding workplace harassment and discrimination. If the behavior is severe and HR fails to act, you may need to seek legal advice to explore further action.

Taking the right steps empowers employees to handle inappropriate behavior from a boss while maintaining professionalism and safeguarding their rights. A proactive approach can lead to a healthier and more respectful workplace.

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