Originally Posted by LadyFaile
if it were me i'd find a new job. no sense putting up with BS like that, and quitting looks better for your resume than being fired.
What I was going to say. Say it with me everyone, "I can never change my boss". We all fantasize about one day when justice will come to bosses or co-workers who have been making us miserable, but it very rarely happens.
I think you can discuss some problems while they are small, and take a shot at making them better, but often "discussing" problems with certain kinds of bosses just makes things much worse.
I have had bad work situations, and they are soooo stressful, it not worth it to hang in there just for pride. It ruins not just your time at work, but it ruins your health, your personal relationships, your free time. Happiness is the best revenge. This has been a hard lesson for me since I like to fight for the "principle" of things, but after much suffering I realized I must pick my battles and move on to a different job.
As far as unemployment, if a boss makes a workplace so hostile for you that you have to quit, in the US, you can file for unemployment. Being fired for cause (any cause, however trivial) will not get you unemployment. My mother came back to a hostile work environment after being in the hospital. She quit and filed for unemployment. The boss challenged it and my mother sued and won her unemployment.
I am not sure what defines a "hostile workplace" it probably varies by where one lives. But I'm sure the info is out there. One can often get free advice from lawyers by giving them a call, they might tell you if you should go to HR first, or whatever. Most of all, document the problems you are having, make copies of nasty notes, take detailed notes at meetings.
You might also want to check the web and library for information on workplace bullies. It's a topic that has gotten a lot of recent attention.