My boss has been doing some “questionable” things lately, and I’m not sure where to go. But first a some history.
As some of you may know, I’m a bank teller. From when I was hired over a year and a half ago until August, I was a “floating teller” which meant that I would help out the various branches in my area. I would cover their vacations, training days, etc. I worked at every branch in the area, and, of course, some ran smoother than others. Well, in August, they eliminated the float teller position. I was assigned to the only branch that still needed help. We’ll call them Branch A. From the time I had spent there as a floating teller, I knew it was not a branch I wanted to be at; high personal drama, gossiping, backstabbing, etc. If I had a choice, I would have chosen branches B, C, and D.
Here’s what’s going on now. My boss is trying to get two people fired. To be honest, she made some bad hiring decisions and she knows she hired some people that just aren’t working out. She’s hoping to have them gone by the end of the year. I just found out that there’s an opening at branch B, one of my favorite branches, so I applied for the transfer. My boss heard of the opening and knows how much I like that branch, so she asked me if I had applied for the position. I told her that I had. She then started telling me that I won’t get it because I’m not a good employee for X Y and Z reasons, and if they ask her, she won’t say I’m a good employee. Then, in practically the same breath, she says that she can’t afford to lose me because she’s trying to get the other two girls fired and that I’m too valuable for her to let me go. She said that she’s afraid that I’ll tell HR about the drama here and she’ll get in trouble. She also said that if HR comes down on her, she’ll know who sent them, because in her eyes, I’m the only disgruntled employee (the two girls she’s trying to fire are also disgruntled, mind you). She said she’s going to do what she can to block my transfer, “to cover the branch.” Basically, she doesn’t want me talking to HR at all, so she doesn’t even want me to interview.
Yesterday, when this all happened, she spent about an hour just tearing me apart about what a miserable employee I am. It wasn’t a review, I had no warning, she just tore into me about it as soon as I mentioned that I was applying for the other branch. She’s intimidating me not to talk to them, because I’m afraid she’ll retaliate. I’m afraid to talk to her boss (the branch manager) or HR, because if it comes back to her, I’ll be in a world of hurt. I can’t stand being at that branch anymore. I cry almost every day after work because I’m so sick of the fighting and being constantly belittled.
What can I do? Where can I turn? I need to get out of there, but I know she’s blocking me. I don’t have any issues with the company, and because of the Paid Time Off and other perks I’ve accumulated, I don’t want to leave the company. I just need this bullying to stop. I have anxiety attacks just thinking about work and when I’m there, I’m almost permanently on high alert. It’s wearing me out and making my ill to work in that toxic environment. What can I do short of just quitting (and not having a paycheck anymore)? Are there any protections in place for people in my situation?