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QUESTION: Hello Yancey:  Several years ago, I was working as an intern.  My supervisor/boss would write on my evaluation that my attendance was far less than perfect.  I actually had perfect attendance, so I politely asked him why he wrote this.  He became angry and said it was "insubordination" to ask him this.

Later, he would do other upsetting things, but I did not bring it up to him because he might of called it "insubordination."  For example, he would say to me, "You look so shy and timid -- I wonder what you would do if someone went up to you and said [obscene phrase]."  He would leave disturbing notes on my desk saying, "Expect something unexpected to happen to you."

I would like to know if it is every okay to bring these matters to a supervisor's attention, or is that always "insubordination."  Thank you.

ANSWER: Hello Alicia,

"Several years ago,..."
Is this your current situation?

Regards,
Yancey Thomas Jr

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QUESTION: Hello Yancey:  Thank you for your reply.  I'm sorry I forgot to mention that this is not my current situation -- I no longer work there.  I had always wondered how these types of situations should be handled.  Sincerely, Alicia

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Hello Alicia,

Remember my response is intended for educational and informational purposes only. I'm not an attorney and this response is not and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please review my specific disclaimer;

=> http://www.you-can-learn-basic-employee-rights.com/disclaimer.html

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Several years ago, I was working as an intern.  My supervisor/boss would write on my evaluation that my attendance was far less than perfect.  I actually had perfect attendance, so I politely asked him why he wrote this.  He became angry and said it was "insubordination" to ask him this.

Later, he would do other upsetting things, but I did not bring it up to him because he might of called it "insubordination."  For example, he would say to me, "You look so shy and timid -- I wonder what you would do if someone went up to you and said [obscene phrase]."  He would leave disturbing notes on my desk saying, "Expect something unexpected to happen to you."

I would like to know if it is every okay to bring these matters to a supervisor's attention, or is that always "insubordination."

It appears based on what you describe there may be several things going on. Absent any further details the following may have been applicable....

Workplace Bullying
yhttp://ytdeomsite.com/overcome-bullying/
http://www.you-can-learn-basic-employee-rights.com/workplace-bully.html

Gender Discrimination...
http://www.you-can-learn-basic-employee-rights.com/gender-discrimination-in-the-

I hope that helps.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance

Regards,
Yancey

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General employee rights relating to ADAAA,FMLA,Employee Performance Reviews,Sexual Harassment,Workplace Discrimination,Job Interviews,Workplace Violence,Workplace Privacy,wrongful termination,drug tests Non Answers COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act),USERRA,OSHA,Workers' Compensation,Federal Unemployment Tax Act,Equal Pay Act,The Wagner Act,EEOC,NLRB

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16 years as an employee rights educator, coach, trainer, activist and advocate. Several of my websites and blogs, www.You-Can-Learn-Basic-Employee-Rights.com, http://EmployeeWorkplaceRights.com and http://EmployeeRightsGuide.com rank highly in all four major search engines, Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask for the keyword “basic employee rights”, “employee workplace rights” and “employee rights guide”. The websites also rank on the first page of the search engines for various other keywords related employee rights topics. These unique site receive 20,000+ unique (new) visitors monthly from all over the world.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 trained in mediator/neutral specializing in conflict resolution of general civil, business and employment issues. Also certified in mediation including the Alliance for education in dispute resolution and Cornell University.

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