About ten months ago I began working at a new company, my boss being a VP and incidentally, the corporation's major cash cow. In addition to being the CFO, she also runs Human Resources.
I’m an executive, work in the financial area, and have always prided myself in doing a superior job. But here’s the problem: my boss has major anger management problems, with frequent outbursts of yelling at me, throwing out cruel sarcasm; she is an out-of-control tyrant. My nerves are completely shot by now; I've tried approaching her in private and requesting (respectfully) that she not yell at me and rip me apart. For this, I got cutting sarcasm back. I can't go to HR since she runs it! I tried going to the person she reports to and was told, “Don’t make waves." The company tolerates her terrible behavior because she generates so much financially.
What is the best thing to do in my position? I can't continue to work for this person - I'm such an emotional wreck I'm already on a 30-day Disabilty Leave. What are my best options? Resign? Leave on Permanent Disability? Get fired (she'd fire me instantly if I once more asked her not to scream at me.)? How can I get Unemployment payments when I leave the company? And not hurt myself in future job interviews? I'm afraid that if I file a harassment claim, and other companies find out (in an interview) - I will never again get hired. What can I do? What should I do?