Bul­lied into Quit­ting

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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.

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