Spoiled two careers, at least
I was forced out of my perfect job as a law librarian. For ten years I had been getting bonuses, awards, promotions, pay increases … and then a change of managers and all that stopped. The new manager was organically incapable of saying a nice word to me or about me. Moreover he violated regs by denying me annual pay increases without the required 90-day warnings. For seven years he abused me, and then he forced me out. Perhaps the most painful thing is that I have internalized all his badmouthing and actually doubt my self-worth, despite the fact that I got good ratings before and afterward, was published, and persuaded leading publishers to make changes in their publications. Meanest of forcing me out: I was the only person on staff who knew the Sign Language and could interpret for a very bright deaf mid-level manager – my toxic boss promised to hire someone who also knew Sign but he didn’t, the manager was instead demoted to the typing pool and her career stagnated.
Share your survival strategy:
I had no strategy. A decade later I still have a sort of PTSD from this.