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File a complaint for harassment?

The dentist I work for constantly says negative, demeaning comments to me and my coworkers. For example, he stated last week that I “don’t look as good in real life as I do in my resume picture- the picture must’ve been photoshopped and it was a ‘bait, line and sinker’ and the reason I got the job”. He also has said that he pays me too much, suggested terrible things about my husband, and the list goes on.

The man has said he can do whatever he wants because he is the boss.
I want to file a complaint to the dental board but I am not sure if it is worth it, or if it will have negative effects on me.
I plan to quit this week and find a new job.
Has anyone had a similar experience and filed with the dental board?

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This is a horrible situation to be in. I’m so sorry you are experiencing this! This is a tough one because it’s not illegal to be a jerk. However, if you feel this dentist has behaved in a way that constitutes “unprofessional conduct” it may be worth pursuing. You could even call your Board and give examples of his behavior (anonymously) and ask if its something you should file a complaint about. Besides reporting to the Board, you could also have a consultation with an employment attorney to determine if his actions constitute harassment according to the law.

I wished I could say this for sure won’t have any negative effects on you, but I’m unsure of how big the city/town you live in is, how connected the doctor is within the community and further, if he would bad mouth you to colleagues. I am sad I even have to write that, but it’s the world we live in. If you are planning on leaving the office, at least you won’t have to worry about getting fired over it.

It really comes down to doing what you feel is the right thing. You need to go with your gut feeling on this one. It’s also worth considering that if he did this to you, he may do this to someone else. Again, this is terrible that you have to deal with this! I wish you the best of luck!

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