September 14, 2006False Accusations
My boss confronted me with false accusations in front of coworkers in a staff meeting that he said he called to air concerns. When I discussed privately with him if he meant to do this he said that I was an example to the others. He didn’t talk to me for several weeks. Then he had a meeting with me & a coworker in his office, and again made accusations and then put a note in my personnel file.
When I discussed my concerns with HR dept., (a new employee) she said that as a Director, he can do and say anything he wants. Only if it is a sexual comment, is there a concern. She also said that I am too sensitive and refused to believe that there was a problem.
My former CAO who left about l yr ago now said that our office is a “toxic work environment”. HR claims that there is no such thing. My boss is now suggesting to staff that as my job is changing that I will not like my new duties and seems trying to discredit me. Any suggestions…or should I just throw in the towel? I have been there almost 7 years and my boss 2 years.
Unless there is someone else in your organization you can turn to, from your description it does sound unworkable to me. If your boss is making false accusations and you are not able to defend yourself, I don’t think you are being “too sensitive” to have an issue with it. The fact that he is doing it in front of others intensifies the offense. You may be right that he is trying to get you to quit.
I personally would not want to work for someone who “makes an example of me,” but whether you throw in the towel or hang in there depends on how much you love your job, what other options you have, what odds you see of the situation changing, and how stressful the situation is for you.
I find it surprising that an HR representative would tell you there is no such thing as a hostile work environment. I applaud you for your attempts to address the situation, and I’m sorry that you were unable to generate support. Perhaps my readers will have more recommendations.