At my previous place of work my supervisor would often call us out in front of our coworkers for mistakes and generally created a really toxic work environment. I ended getting so stressed out that I wasn’t eating or sleeping right so I quit. Now at my new job I am terrified of the same thing happening and it’s effecting my job performance. Do I have a case against my former employer?
Perhaps you have a hostile environment claim. However, I note that these cases are fact specific and not always easy to win. A boss yelling or screaming does not by itself create a hostile work environment. You should consult with a local attorney and present all of the facts. He/she can tell you if the facts support a claim.
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Nothing in your post suggests that you have a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED). Your former employer's conduct would've had to have been extreme and outrageous, intolerable in a civilized society, etc. for you to recover for IIED. Criticizing an employee for mistakes, even in front of coworkers, is normal behavior.
You need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to better assess the situation. Suing for emotional distress can be difficult as there are many requirements and considerations to take into account.
Since it happened on the job it sounds like it might be a worker's compensation claim. Perhaps speak with a worker's comp lawyer.
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These cases are very difficult to prove and require detailed documentation. I would suggest you work on your own health and let the idea of a lawsuit go. Good luck.
General elements comprising a claim for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress:
1) D acts intentionally/recklessly;
2) D's conduct is extreme and outrageous to a reasonable person;
3) D's conduct is the CAUSE of your emotional distress; and
4) You experience severe emotional distress as a result of D's conduct.
You can consult with an employment law attorney, there are several excellent employment attorneys in San Diego.
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