Question: I recently landed a dream job as general manager. On my first day, I began individual meetings with each of 12 employees. The hostility I received from one employee stunned me. I learned he thought he should been given the promotion instead of it going to an “outsider.” It’s been two weeks since I learned this. It’s clear he’ll do anything in his power to sabotage me. He doesn’t mind making… Read More

Question: I had to walk away from my office this morning because the comments my coworkers were spouting about gun rights and homosexuality were too much for me. I’m seriously thinking about whether I can go back to work or not. I’m gay and everyone I work with knows it, but they forget my status when they’re making jokes about gay people. I normally just keep my mouth shut. What straight people… Read More

Question: When my immediate supervisor was promoted to run another division, I thought upper management would move me into his spot. They didn’t. Instead, they hired someone from outside our company and then asked me to “show him the ropes.” This was so insulting, I couldn’t speak. Now that I know what they think of me, I’m just doing the minimum and applying for every job I can find on Craigslist. What… Read More

Question: My boss is the ultimate great guy, but doesn’t take care of himself. He doesn’t exercise enough or eat right and he’s at least 60 pounds overweight. I know this isn’t my problem, but I’ve watched his weight steadily climb in the last six months. I don’t want to offend him, but he’s of an age where if he doesn’t take care of himself, he won’t be around to enjoy life… Read More

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime regulations. These final rules have been approved after the proposed regulations were first published on July 6, 2015 followed by the required comment period. The final rule takes effect on December 1, 2016. By way of general background, the Fair Labor… Read More

Question: I’ve been job-hunting for three weeks and have two job offers. The company I least want to work for is offering a starting salary that’s $5,000 more annually than the other. The second company offers to raise my salary in three months if I do well. How do I talk the second company into giving me the higher salary now? Answer: Tell the second company that you’d rather work for them, but… Read More

Question: My current employer is about to lay me off. I’m on good terms with my supervisor, but have only worked here for five months. When I asked my supervisor to give me a reference letter, he said he would, and warned me that he almost didn’t hire me, because of my awful prior references. It was almost like he was telling me I was lucky he’d hired me. I asked him… Read More

Question: Last week, our office manager, who handles human resources for our company, accused me of sleeping with my boss. I’m not. From her, I learned that several of the guys I work with have suggested that’s how I earn my salary. If I was sleeping with him, it would be none of the office manager’s or my peers’ business and I told her so. I then confronted the guys and their… Read More

Question: One of our employees recently came back from a vacation with an arm covered in tattoos. Our dress code doesn’t deal with this, but it makes several of our senior managers uncomfortable. Are we able to ban tattoos? Answer: Yes, but do you want to? Employers may ban tattoos or other visible body art as long as they have a policy that applies to all employees in similar jobs and contains… Read More

Question: After working 18 months for an abusive supervisor, I’m giving my notice tomorrow. The last straw was yesterday, when he confronted me by grabbing my arm and shouting at me in the hallway over a project he said I hadn’t completed. I don’t know how I’ll be able to work through the two weeks’ notice I’m required to give. Don’t tell me to go to human resources or any senior manager… Read More