I have been on the job for more than two years without a raise or promotion. Only the favorites get promotions, raises and plum assignments. And, instead of promoting from within, they are hiring people for more money than we make. Can a business legally not promote or give raises?
I think I know which company isn’t going to win the “best place to work” award! An employer is not required to promote or give raises unless there is a contract that requires him or her to do so. An employer may also hire from the outside and offer more money than current employees are being paid. There may be legitimate reasons for this, like experience or a track record of success, or because that’s how much it took to get them to accept. There’s also no law against favoritism in the workplace. However, an employer may not do any of these things if they are based on factors protected under the law, like race, gender, age and sexual orientation. Sounds as if you either work for a bad employer or, for some reason, they are not seeing your value. The only way to remedy the problem is to speak up and find out what’s going on and what it will take to be treated differently. Failing that, you’ll need to find another job.
I share an office with my supervisor, a lovely woman who unfortunately has severe body odor (beyond the usual, it may be health-related). This is unbearable. I have informed HR and asked to be moved, but they said there’s nowhere else I can work. I don’t know if they’ve spoken to her or if she is aware of the issue. What’s my next step?
Oy! If the odor is that offensive, then it’s likely it is well-known in the company. This could be a medical condition, and the person may not be able to do anything about it. Regardless, this is your supervisor, so it’s really not a conversation you can have with her unless you have a close relationship. If they can’t move you then you really only have two choices: Suck it up or try to negotiate a severance package because the conditions are unbearable, and look for another job. I’m also pretty sure that the unemployment office will grant you benefits for resigning under the circumstances.