I am looking for some advice on my situation.
I'll try my best to summarize...
I have been a federal employee for over a decade. I was dx with PTSD before that. Due to compound traumas, my PTSD symptoms have gotten worse and worse over the years. It causes me a lot of difficulties with work and home tasks and I was missing a lot of work due to my symptoms. So, several years ago, I applied for a reasonable accomodation due to my PTSD so that I could work from home. I've been working from home ever since and it has helped me tremendously. (Since then, policies have changed, allowing most people to work from home most of the time, some depts work from home full time).
My traumas are quite severe, stemming from being victim of felons, dangerous career criminals, including 2 registered sex offenders. I believe that I will ultimately have to retire early, due to disability and have been trying to get finances in place and get prepared for that end scenario as my symptoms are pretty debilitating and continue to get worse and have now lead to other chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia, POTS, and extreme IBS.
Around a decade ago, I was targetted by a narcissistic boss with a track record of bullying women. There was another female victim at the same time. I was ostrasized from my team and not allowed to even talk to coworkers or ask them questions or get help with anything (this is an IT team). I would be reprimanded if anyone even came to my cubicle to say hi. Meanwhile, coworkers were huddled in each other's cubicles all day, working problems together.
There was a team leader in between the boss and myself who participated in this bullying which went on for several months. This boss ultimately got in trouble as both me and the other victim, without knowing each other, reported the exact same problems w/ the boss.
There was a reorganization of the agency and I ended up under another management team and things were great from that point forward, through many new supervisors and management teams. But every time there was a new structuring of management, or a boss retired, I was always fearful that I would end up with another bully boss. Well, a year and a half ago, I did.
There was another reorganization and I ended up with another management team who are in another city, quite a distance away. We have several locations in the U.S. and the team is spread out among them. Right off the bat, as soon as I began under this management, I could sense that I was being targeted and disliked. I couldn't understand why because I didn't even know these people. There is only 1 person on the team who is from the same location as myself and whom I knew from when I worked in the bldg years ago and he sat nearby, although we never worked directly together on any projects.
The bullying escalated for several months until ultimately, a bunch of outright lies were put on my employee evaluation. These lies were quite easily disproven as everything we do is through IM or email since we are all so spread out, geographically. So I was able to pull everything up, in black and white, and disprove lie upon lie. I was able to file a discrimination complaint for everything I had been going through over several months as there again were special rules that only applied to me (just like 10 yrs ago) and the reason given was due to me working from home (for medical reasons) which legally makes it discrimination (not to mention everyone else worked from home most of the time and many worked in other cities so regardless of if they were home or in the office, the supervisor couldn't visually see them so what's the difference?) The person handling my discrimination case said it was one of the most clear cases of discrimination he'd seen in all his years of doing this.
All along, I had wondered why this new boss had it out for me right from the very beginning, before ever getting to learn anything about me. Well, I finally found out, recently. This boss and another guy are EXTREMELY close. Like to the extent that it's creepy. He is the boss's pet and he gets all sorts of preferential treatment like participating in the boss's interviews and getting to select his own coworkers and select his own project managers and none of the rest of us (who are the same level and title as him) get to do this. None of us have ever seen this type of thing happen in all of our years at the agency. There's extreme favoritism.
Who is this guy? None other than the only other person who works at the same location/city as me. The one I used to sit near. So I recently heard from a couple people that this guy has been going around slandering me. INCLUDING telling people that I don't have PTSD and that I've made the whole thing up in order to work from home. He claims my fake PTSD stems from a workplace accident. Nobody at my agency was ever told the reason for my PTSD, so he's making all this up. Now where did he get any info about me having PTSD? This is obviously very private info that I've certainly never told him. Well, I remember years ago, when I worked in the bldg, he used to go to lunch with the team lead who was part of that bullying of me 10 years ago...right before I filed for reasonable accomodations. So that team leader leaked private info, HIPAA info, to him. And for the all these years, I guess, this guy has been running his mouth about me without knowing a single thing about me.
I had always been friendly to him over the years and never got any indication that he was like this. I've never worked directly with him and had minimal interraction with him. Yet, he has some mysterious vendetta against me. I've heard several of the things he's been saying about me and they are outlandish lies like saying that when I worked in the bldg, I would just watch tv on my phone all day. In all my years of owning a smartphone, I've never watched tv/movies on it. Ever! He's been telling people I'm incompetent but he's never worked with me and I've worked on much larger/more complex projects than he has and done so single handedly or with 1 other person while he works on a huge team of people doing the same tasks but with a ton of help.
So it's clear now that the reason why my new boss began discriminating against me right away was due to her not believing I was disabled due to the lies she had been fed by this guy (her pet). So his slander of me, including having private info that he's not allowed to have gotten, have caused me to be treated with extreme prejudice to the extent that I had to file a discrimination complaint. He's continuing to slander me as the outcome of the discrimation complaint didn't include/name him, it was against my supervisors. So there have been no consequences for him.
So there are two issues:
1. He's slandering me, telling multiple people outright lies about me and private info
2. He has acquired private info about my medical condition without ever having been authorized to have that info which is a privacy violation
I'm now wondering if I'll ever be able to be treated fairly at my agency due to the damage he has caused to my reputation. The IT area we work in, in our location, is very small. He could have tainted them all with his lies and I may not be able to get a fair shot now, even if I got out of this dept.
Does anyone have any experience with this type of situation or know what the options are? I'm wondering specifically about the privacy violation as I think it's the most serious. I know it's illegal for management to have leaked that info to him. However, I believe that the leak probably occurred years ago. But I'm just now finding out about it.
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