Many people have experienced their employer’s abuse. The abuse may take the form of verbal humiliations and disgrace, demotion, dismissal from employment and replacement by a younger, less experienced and less costly employee or coercion to work for reduce or no compensation or benefits.
Employers justify their antics by citing weak demand in an anemic economy. Oddly, most people fail to protest or fight back. After all, the employer has the leverage in the employment relationship.
In many employment relationships the employer hires an employee as an “at-will” employee who could be fired or demoted for any reason or no reason. At the same time, the employers often induce prospective employees by providing them with a handbook delineating fairness procedures including progressive discipline with warnings and evaluations to keep the employee posted on his or her status.