We're not sure why you wouldn't treat your employees with respect if you were a business owner or boss. If you don't treat them well, they aren't going to do their best work for you. They can be the key to your success, or failure.
Yet we hear from people all the time who are mistreated at work - called names, insulted in front of other employees, yelled at, intimidated, and worse. They want to know what they can do about it.
Unfortunately, it's not illegal to be an asshole. Unless you're being mistreated based on something such as age, race or religion, there's not much you can do short of quitting and finding a new job. And we know that's easier said than done.
If you are being discriminated against because of your race, religion, age, etc., or if you are being sexually harassed, then there may be something you can do. Talk to an employment attorney. You may have a case.
The catch is that you have to be able to prove it. Even if you know that you're being discriminated against based on your race, it can be tough to prove. For example, if you were terminated for an illegal reason, your employer probably has a legitimate reason on the record, like the fact that you showed up late to work one time.
You can be fired for a minor thing like showing up late, even just once. In Illinois, most employees are at-will, meaning that you can be fired for almost any reason, or no reason at all (except the illegal reasons we mentioned above).
Employers have quite a bit of leeway in how they treat employees. In many cases, they can treat people poorly and get away with it. It's not right, but it's not illegal. And if it's not illegal it's not a case.
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