My POC ( Point of Contact) was becoming very aggressive and verbally abusive. After one gal quit I finally got the guts to go to a higher manager to request to be moved to another team and POC. That manager agreed and said in two weeks than began to make excuses for my original POC. I never got moved and that Manager wouldn't make time to speak with me. When I went to another higher manager for help to make time with the first manager to resolve the situation and follow up on my team change. I got fired for speaking to another manager when they both told me it's an open door policy any manger can help in any situation.
Protection in the workplace is usually tied to being in a protected group, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, etc. So if they did not fire you for one of those reasons, they can fire you for whatever reason they want. Frankly, lots of bosses are jerks and treat employees like crap, and in that way people feel there is a "hostile work" environment. But a hostile work environment is a legal term used to describe hostility in the workplace due to someone being in a protected class.
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