Sorry, it’s been a while since I posted here but I need help and I can’t find anyone else with answers.
I work for a company with several locations across the country. At our place, there has been some kind of tension between members of management for almost as long as it’s been open and as of the last two to three years, I’ve been part of management. I’ve worked at a lot of places during my fairly lengthy adult life, but few if any have been this bad. The plant manager, who did a pretty good job of keeping things under control and making me feel like I could talk to him and get some resolution out of it quit about a month ago. Before that, I mostly steered clear of the drama, but now it’s like a bunch of kids on the playground. Trust me, I’m looking for another job desperately but until then, I need a strategy, even if it means I have no future with this company.
In general, it’s as if factions are forming and maintenance/engineering are getting the bad end of the deal. We’re constantly being harassed. Unfortunately it’s not because we’re in a protected class as we’re multicultural just like they are, so it’s hard to claim racism or anything of the sort. The company is sending temporary plant managers from other plants who stay a week or two and then leave. I’m lucky if I can get more than a few words out of them the whole week they’re here. On the other hand, I’ve seen others stay in there for hours talking to them and I hoped at least one of them would see through the bullshit, but they don’t seem to care. Last week, I had four hours of paid time off taken off my account because I was told I was short on my hours, but I was only two hours late that day and stayed two hours late to make up for it. I’m pretty sure I know the exact person who talked this into happening, and she actually got to leave two hours early because of me staying late.
I’ve e-mailed local HR, the head of HR, and even the vice president and nothing happens. My e-mails are usually two or three pages long with evidence to back them up and all I get in return is a couple of sentences at most telling me they’re doing something about it but I know from years of this that it’s a lie.
Can you tell me, can I talk to the wage and hour division of the Department of Labor to get my paid time off back (I still have a lot of it but it’s the principle that matters) and is there a government entity that deals with extreme workplace harassment when it isn’t racism, sexism, etc.? I’m kind of surprised that upper management doesn’t do much to keep things under control when they know that there are very few of us that can keep that place going, but if they’re not, I’d like to do what I can to make it better for my coworkers before I leave. For the record, this was once the best place I ever worked but with certain people having left, it’s become the worst.