/ Asked by Adam
My wife's boss consistently treats her as his assistant, which isn't her role or job description. She is the only woman on the team and he continues to treat her as a lesser member. She is scared that if she says something he will flip it back on her and say she is not being a team player and then treat her with even less respect. What should she do?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
This is a very challenging, but real situation.  I strongly suggest that your wife shares her concerns with human resources at her company and asks them for guidance.   Having this team of hiring experts attempt to provide sound advice without knowing the full extent of the issue would not be as helpful as your wife addressing this through HR.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
This is a difficult situation but one that should be addressed. The HR department within her company should be able to handle this in a confidential manner. No employee should be retaliated against for raising concerns like this so the HR department should open an investigation to gain more information on the situation. In my experience, it’s best to raise these concerns because another employee or a previous employee could have had a similar experience with this manager. I would be careful how she approaches it and ensure she only communicates with HR and doesn’t share these concerns with her co-workers.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, March 2, 2015
These are never easy things to deal with, however, it needs to be addressed.  If not for your wife but also for others in the company that might experience this behavior.  My best advise would be for her to meet with her HR business partner.  HR will keep this in confidence and will help your wife develop a plan to use.  She should also document any inappropriate behavior or actions.  Keeping a log will be helpful as she communciates the concerns with HR.  If HR can't help resolve the situation, then it is time for her to think about other companies to consider.  I hope this is not the case but that is an option she should also consider if things do not change.
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