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My boss yells at me for no reason, can I sue for hostile work environment?



If your boss is yelling at you for no reason, then you probably won’t have a claim for illegal hostile work environment or harassment. Title VII and other federal employment discrimination laws don’t require bosses to be perfect or to be nice. What they do require, however, is that your boss cannot yell at you or treat you differently because of a protected characteristic such as your gender, your race, your religion. If your boss does something like that, then it may cross the line and become illegal harassment.  But simply being a rude and obnoxious boss, unfortunately, is not illegal under these laws.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and [email protected] Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.