Bullied into Quitting
Gina*, who is 35 and currently unemployed, left her company after she couldn’t get her department head to intervene with a new manager.
The manager often picked on her in e-mails, and accused her of being hostile when she asked for clarification on sudden changes to office policies that applied to her.
Once, she was told to get permission prior to taking time off to take her sick child to the doctor. The manager wrote: “We would appreciate it if you would seek our approval, rather than simply dropping us an e-mail to ‘notify’ us of your absence. This is basic respect and responsibility we would require from a professional.”
Gina pointed out that children fall sick unexpectedly and expressed surprise that she needed permission for such a matter. “It was a stressful time for me, and even though I’d been with the company for more than 10 years, with a good track record, I decided to quit without a job,” she shares.