Beyond the “Bad” Boss
Several discussions here, a section of The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient and Professional and an article I wrote for KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals have dealt with handling difficult and unethical bosses. Here are the essentials of a story about a boss that goes beyond bad from The Salt Lake Tribune withe the headline “Attorney pleads not guilty to stalking his paralegal, shooting at her condo:”
A Salt Lake-area criminal defense attorney charged with stalking his female paralegal and firing shots at her Cottonwood Heights condominium last year waived his right on Thursday to a preliminary hearing…
On June 2, windows were shot out at a condo rented by the 29-year-old woman, who worked for Stone at the Midvale law firm Stone & Law. No one was home at the time.
Soon after, the woman was telling co-workers about the shooting when Stone, her boss, admitted to firing the shots, according to charging documents.
While reporting Stone’s comment to police, the woman also reported that Stone had been stalking her — both before and after the shooting — via phone calls and text messages, charges state.
The woman claimed that before the shooting, Stone had contacted her multiple times while intoxicated to express “romantic feeling for her” and make “sexual remarks to her,” charges state.[Emphasis added.]
While I focus a lot on managing the paralegal/attorney relationship even with difficult bosses, I do not advise attempting to manage a relationship with a boss like this. Do not wait for shots to be filed. You owe it to yourself and your self-respect, to terminate employment with such a boss without delay. Then report him/her for sexual harassment. It is advisable to consult with an attorney from another office regarding how to handle the termination and report, but not whether to terminate.