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I was bullied into resigning because of a daily threat from my manager. Human resources provided no help or support. Do I have any recourse?

Wednesday February 13, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

I was bullied into resigning because of a daily threat from my manager. Human resources provided no help or support. Do I have any recourse?

Feels Bullied

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Feels Bullied,

Regardless of any help or support human resources did or didn't give you, your employer should have a grievance policy that allows you to file a report to contest the action. You can take that step.

But before doing that, I urge you to contact a nurse attorney to advise and support you on this and take any action that may be required. A nurse attorney (as opposed to a non-nurse attorney) is uniquely qualified to represent nurses in these matters. Any employment attorney should be able to help.

Find a nurse attorney by asking around, or by getting a referral through your state or local chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org) — whether or not you are a member — or through The American Association of Nurses Attorneys (www.taana.org).

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.