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    I now understand that employers can be verbally abusive, and it's not illegal. If ~50% of one's salary is disbursed as an annual bonus and the employee's job is being threatened on a daily/weekly basis months prior to bonus (employee is white male, co-employee/abuser is white female), despite exceptional annual reviews, is this a form of harassment? In addition, if the abuser is e-mailing personal insults and CC'ing them to the employees direct supervisor is this slander/ defamation? If the employee has attempted to address the problems with his supervisor with no resolution, and has drafted a letter to HR outlining the disruption in his work environment, and the inability to perform his expected responsibilities because of routine infliction of emotional stress and hostile threats of job INsecurity, is there anything else that can be done? If that employee is then fired, does he have any recourse? This is not an academic pursuit, this is happening to someone I care about. Thank you in advance for any advice. Quitting at this point would potentially forfeit the employees bonus and be a significant financial burden. The employee has experienced medical problems probably related to stress at work (worsening hypertension with increase in medication dose and chest pains).

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    If ~50% of one's salary is disbursed as an annual bonus and the employee's job is being threatened on a daily/weekly basis months prior to bonus (employee is white male, co-employee/abuser is white female), despite exceptional annual reviews, is this a form of harassment? Yes, you could call it that but it's only prohibited harassment if it's taking place because of gender or some other protected characteristic (age, race, religion, etc.)

    If the employee has attempted to address the problems with his supervisor with no resolution, and has drafted a letter to HR outlining the disruption in his work environment, and the inability to perform his expected responsibilities because of routine infliction of emotional stress and hostile threats of job INsecurity, is there anything else that can be done? No, not unless the underlying issue with the co-worker's unpleasant behavior is sex discrimination.

    The fact that one employee is male and the other female does not make this sex discrimination/harassment. The harassment must be being done because of your friend's gender. It's legal to harass someone in spite of his or her gender.

    All we can conclude from your post is that your friend's co-worker is a jerk which is not illegal. Since mangement won't deal with the situation, your friend's options are to learn to put up with or find a new position elsewhere and resign.

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