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Los Angeles, CA"I just got so fed up with my boss calling me names, always yelling and screaming at me," says Brian Huggins. "I tried to walk out so many times and then he would just say sorry, as if apologizing would solve everything."

The California Labor Law regards verbal abuse in the workplace as harassment.

verbal abuseWell, saying sorry is a step in the right direction but in some cases, it's like putting a bandage on a bullet wound. Brian's boss hurled verbal abuse at him at least three times a week; his behavior was so out-of-control and venomous that he actually spat on Brian; all the shop neighbors knew about it and it was demoralizing for Brian. "Because of the economy I really needed the job; the classifieds aren't really full of ads looking for diamond salespeople," says Brian. "Besides, I really enjoyed the job and I love working in retail, but I couldn't stand him; my self-esteem was way low."

"One day my boss brought his daughter into the store. She had been crying and had to use the bathroom. He told her to wait, then he started yelling at me, at the top of his lungs. I was concerned about his daughter but I was at my breaking point. 'I'm outa here,' I said; grabbed my backpack and left, this time for good. It took some time to get my last paycheck; finally I went to the store with a few friends so he wouldn't start screaming again.

I want to tell you my story because I want people to know that it isn't OK, no matter how much pressure or had bad the job is, for people to treat others this way in the work environment. They should be reported. I actually did report this guy, at the California Board of Labor. I later found out that he had numerous complaints lodged against him; why the board of labor never did anything about it is beyond me. I found out through my synagogue that he had treated other employees with so much disrespect.

Everyone should know that verbally abusive behavior in the workplace doesn't need to be tolerated; personally, I think there should be laws against it."

Actually Brian, there is a law against verbal abuse. Just ask an attorney...

Workplace violence includes:
  • verbal abuse - swearing, insults or condescending language.
  • verbal or written threats - any expression of an intent to inflict harm
Bullying and verbal harassment in the workplace is more prevalent than sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Repeated hurtful interpersonal mistreatment of an employee can be likened to domestic violence, causing emotional distress and deep psychological problems.

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Yo tube un problema con mi superior era la hora de mi descanso en eso llego mi superior a gritarme que no avia papel de baño que fuera a poner y le contesté que estaba en mi descaso se acerco a mi y me amenazo diciendo de que si le condesdaba otra vez a si me iva a pasar algo malo yo le conteste que si me estaba amenazando y el me dijo que el me ponia sobre avizo nada mas después que pasaron los 15 minutos de mi descaso fui corriendo a poner papel en eso el llego y me dijo que fuera a ponchar y me fuera a la casa yo lleno de coraje y impotecia por no poder defenderme tuve que obedecer nadamas veia que se reia mi supervisor lo peor de todo esque yo soy ciudadano y el es un inmigrante que ya sele venció el permiso de trabajo aqui en california los Ángeles me ciento mal deprimido. Impotente como si fuera nada en mi pais donde naci

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The owner of the company has been verbally abuse it toward me. He even got violent one time and grab me by my arm and shirt. I don't know what to do. Any one can help me or give me some advice. I really need the money so I can't quit

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I worked for seven years at a private own restaurant and this place does better then most corporate run business. I in countered virbal abuse and sexual harrasement from another employee (with a title). I made several complaints to the owner about this and he said O' maybe he was having a bad day...really. I had to leave my job of seven years because the owner/manager refused to do anything about it...been gone for little over a year and it really ticks me off that I had to leave my job because no one cared enough to take care of the problem...so I had enough and walked out. Lots of stuff happened and of course no reports made but I still want to know why and how they are allowed to get away with this...I'd still be working right now if I was a man.

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I have been working for an employer for a year that degrades his employees and singles out 2 workers and constantly fights with us over any problem he has in his life. It is so bad that I have often thought about ending my life over it. Where can a person find GOOD and free legal advice for pennsylvania labor laws and harassment laws? I am going nuts and its too difficult just to quit and I can't Find work anywhere else.

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manager cursses and verbally abuses myself and other employees.feeling emotionally stressed and cannot work in this type of environment.what can I do?

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Are there laws against verbal abuse in Pennsylvania? My boss is the owner of the business. The verbal abuse is intolerable, disrespectful and, humiliating. It often happens in front of others or at least loud enough for others to hear and our patients also hear it or are witness to it. The last incident left me feeling traumatized and I can't fight back the tears when retelling the story.

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My manager cursses and verbally abuses myself and other employees.feeling emotionally stressed and cannot work in this type of environment.what can I do?

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I have a daughter in North Carolina and her office manager is verbally abusive almost everyday towards her and a couple others in the office. Is there a law in North Carolina that she can fall back on to help her stop this person from being abusive and yelling at these people? They all need the job so quitting is not an option.

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I work at a senior building in los angeles I have clients there with the ihss program and the manager there is always creaming at us and the cleaning lady I called the property management com but did not get a call back this has been going on for years and I cant take it no more and there so many complaints but nothing please if you could help there so many witness two

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Did anything ever happen to your boss? I just got fired today for asking my boss not to yell at me... I don't even think that is a reason but I don't want to go down without a fight so if u have any advice...

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I agree, all states should have laws protecting the employee from verbal abuse from employers (supervisors, managers, etc.) I'm having difficulty finding any laws of this nature in Tennessee. Are there any laws against verbal abuse in the workplace for the state of Tennessee?

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