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Can your boss legally swear at you?

Can your boss legally swear at you?  Yes, as there is no law prohibiting foul language at work. If your employer has a policy against it, then you can report the manager to human resources, but don’t expect much of a response.  If you have a code of conduct for your company, you can use that as a basis for your complaint. Many companies have a zero-tolerance policy, but again do not expect your company to do anything about it.

If your boss uses foul language to target you because of your race, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or because you filed a previous complaint, then the swearing or foul language will be seen as a target offense because of the above employee-protected traits.

Carey & Associates P.C. provides employment counseling to help employees and professionals with all aspects of their current employment development and beyond the attention of the employer.

Carey & Associates, P.C. represents employees and executives nationwide from all industries and professions in employment law matters. We collaborate with clients to find workable and cost-sensitive solutions to contract disputes, severance negotiations, general employment conflicts and office politics, compensation, and employment discrimination without resorting to litigation. We empower clients of all employment levels to embrace work and career challenges that exist just slightly outside their comfort zones. We believe growth and adversity are good for the soul. We also believe that the playing field of work is always level, it just depends on your perception and where you derive your knowledge of how to succeed.

We handle severance agreements every day. In fact, we probably have twenty or more severance negotiations occurring at any moment in time during the week.  We want to share some insights about negotiating severance agreements to help you better understand the deal in front of you and avoid costly mistakes.

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