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Mr. Challenger said that the first step is to try to repair the relationship and try to work out your problems with the boss.

But for some of the aforementioned bad bosses, employees should start researching their rights.

Claudia Davidson, of the Law Offices of Claudia Davidson in Pittsburgh, said American employees have federal rights to protect them, and workers should get as much information as possible about those rights.

“It might also be a good idea to seek help from a co-worker whom they trust and make sure there is a witness to any kind of situation that might be improper,” Ms. Davidson said.

“However, there is some on-the-spot judgment that people may have to make, like, ‘Am I going to get up and leave or not?’ “