My question involves defamation in the state of: Kansas
I have worked at this school district as manager for 7 years, total in school food service 14 years. I have had very good evaluations from any boss, always have gotten along with other co-workers. My current boss, director, is a bully and very hostile "her way or the highway" micromanager. I have always been treated like a child, belittled, talked down to very negative. I have been able to let it roll off.
In the beginning of the 09/10 school year, we opened a new high school kitchen which I was the manager. I was told by my boss, this new kitchen was her "baby" and "this kitchen is too big for you to handle, you will never be able to manage it properly". I was not even given a chance to manage the new kitchen. She micromanaged me right out.
So from the start of the school year, I was set up to fail. I was told to move equipment to places that I thought was a safety hazard. New equipment was installed inappropriately causing another safety hazard. A co-worker was injured by wrongfully installed equipment. I notified my boss of these issues. Her response " the superintendent knows about your complaints". Okay, great I thought. By the end of the school year, these problems still were not fixed.
During the course of the year, I was finding out from other co-workers what my boss had been saying to other school managers about me, about my work, about the food we were serving. She, of course, was making all this up. In turn driving a wedge between myself and other co-workers. They stopped talking to me. They in turn were spreading those lies to people in the community causing my reputation to be tarnished. I have since learned that she has a new person ( her friend) lined up to be the new high school manager for the 10/11 school year.
I filed a grievance against my boss in April of 2010. Showing how she has lied and sabotaged my reputation and how she has overstepped her authority. Also, her being unprofessional by talking to people that did not need to be involved. During the grievance my boss got two other managers to write insubordination letters against me and were added to my personnel file without my knowledge. The grievance process did not go well. The superintendent already had his mind made up to believe my boss, he did not want to hear what I had to say.
I received my new contract for the 10/11 school year. I was demoted from manager to FSII, my hours were cut from 7.5 to 4 per day and my hourly wage was cut from $12 to 11.75 per hour and re-assigned to a different school. Again, I went to the superintendent to ask why was I demoted. His response was due to personality conflict with my boss I was re-assigned because you can't have two managers in one kitchen. He has instructed my boss to become the manager and director. His comment was he wasn't going to sit here and argue with me. I was offered a contract take it or leave it.
I also believe my boss has violated HIPPA laws. She discussed in front of all her staff about another co-worker's illness. Telling the sick co-worker she needed to resign due to health issues and she would not be able to take her medication before she came to work.
Also I believe she added overtime to another workers time sheet without the worker doing the work.
I feel this is retaliation for filing a grievance. My demotion was not called for. This is causing stress, problems with finances, with my marriage, ruining my work ethic.
Yes, lawsuits are expensive but maybe a letter of cease and desist would stop her. Is it possible to file slander charges, should she be removed from her position, is there any thing I have said that a lawsuit is called for?