Karla L. Miller

Karla L. Miller offers weekly advice on workplace dramas and traumas. You can send her questions at karla.miller@washpost.com.
Latest from Karla L. Miller

I saw a sex scene playing on my boss’s phone. Do I say something?

A sex scene was playing on his phone during a meeting in his office. It wasn't porn, but the phone was facing toward me.

September 29, 2022

My boss won’t listen to me. Should I go above his head?

I want to do more with my graduate degree in my new job, but my boss keeps rejecting my suggestions. Should I take my dad’s advice to go over his head?

September 22, 2022

Is it legal to deny a promotion to someone with a beard?

A manager said she won't promote a worker with facial hair — even though he has a medical exemption not to shave. How is that even legal?

September 15, 2022

Actually, we’ve been ‘quiet quitting’ and ‘quiet firing’ for years

Quiet quitting, or quiet firing: Here are key questions to ask yourself to find out whether it's happening in your place

September 8, 2022

After ‘quiet quitting,’ here comes ‘quiet firing’

If some employees are "quiet quitting" their jobs, some employers are "quiet firing" employees by making changes that nudge them toward the door.

September 1, 2022

When remote workers live far away, who pays for their office visits?

When employees move out of commuting distance from the home office, should their employer pay their travel expenses for return visits?

August 25, 2022

My boss said ‘we didn’t need another White guy.’ Say what?

We found a good candidate for a job opening, but my boss indicated we turned him down because we "didn't need another White guy." Isn't that illegal discrimination?

August 11, 2022

My company stock options are worthless

Stock options offer employees a chance to gamble on the company’s success, but remember: Not everyone walks away richer.

August 4, 2022

One woman sharing workplace bathrooms with 50 men

I'm the only woman in a workplace with 50 men and no ladies' room. I'm putting off surgery because of it. What can I do?

July 28, 2022

A worker was nervous about going on disability. Readers share advice.

A worker said he was terrified about going on disability. Readers offer advice, based on their own experiences.

July 21, 2022