Hostile Environment – 2 to 4 Employees
What are employees of businesses who have 2 or 4 employees supposed to do when they are in a hostile work environment as well as a depressed area with no other job opportunoties? Small firms abound across the nation. Who is making sure these employees have a legal standing to enforce their right to a non hostile work environment? Ive been trapped in a southern Illinois firm with two discriminatory bosses with a large political circle and can’t find an employer to hire me in a 60 mile radius. They never gave me the health insurance I was promised when hired over 8 years ago. They make fun of women, people who studied at commhnity college, as well as people who dont live in nice houses like they do all in my presence. I cant get them to pay me what other offices pay for the same work, but my boss knows everyone and, I have reason to believe, has somehow gotten to potential employers before they hire me. Ive gone from being “resume at the top of the stack” to no return phone call. I’ve been dealing with this for years. Please, please help me.
So sorry to hear you’re in a tough spot. Here’s an article on labor laws you might review before talking to an employment law attorney to see if you have any recourse. Fit Small Business cannot provide legal advice.
I too live in a small town with few professional job opportunities. If you have internet service at home, you might consider freelancing or looking for a new job that’s ‘remote’, ‘work from home’ or ‘offsite.’ (That’s what I did.) Job sites like Indeed have thousands of jobs and you can refine your job search using the search criteria. UpWork and Fiverr are both great sites if you’re looking to freelance your skills.
I wish you luck.
Laura, HR Writer