Expensive Amy: My daughter, “Cynthia,” simply completed her freshman 12 months of faculty. She secured a summer time job at a enterprise excessive on her want listing.

At first she was handled effectively — the proprietor, “Marianne,” mentored her and handled her as if she had been a member of the household. However that each one ended very instantly, and with out warning, a couple of weeks in.

The proprietor, it seems, is an entire nightmare — screaming, yelling, name-calling, and mainly treating my daughter like rubbish.

Marianne hides issues after which accuses Cynthia of not doing her job. She routinely performs unethical, if not unlawful, enterprise practices. She has warned Cynthia to not inform anybody.

Cynthia takes the blame for issues she didn’t do, and is afraid to defend herself, however refuses to give up for worry of shedding out on future summer time job provides.

The office has turn into so hostile that I’m frightened about my daughter’s bodily and psychological security.

My husband and I wish to confront Marianne in particular person, as a result of Cynthia is paralyzed with worry. She has by no means, ever been handled like this throughout any of her highschool jobs.

At what level does a father or mother step in to guard their baby?

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— Involved Dad and mom

Expensive Dad and mom: You shouldn’t intervene straight with this supervisor.

Nonetheless, if “Cynthia’s” security is in danger, she shouldn’t be working there — it doesn’t matter what. She must strip away the entire distracting extras (being yelled at, being handled poorly), and perceive and observe this fundamental security lesson: In the event you aren’t protected, you run.



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