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

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

I know I need to go on disability leave, but I’m still terrified

Intellectually, I know it is time to take short-term disability leave. Emotionally, I am terrified of leaving a well-paid job at the age of 60.

July 14, 2022

My chatty coworker won’t get out of my office, and I can’t stand it

My chatty coworker won't get out of my office, and I just can't stand it any more.

July 7, 2022

Post-Roe, can states ban employer abortion aid? It’s not that simple.

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe, some companies may be able to offer abortion-related aid to employees even in states where there is a ban.

June 30, 2022

How a teen lifeguard took on the gender pay gap — and what she gained

A teen lifeguard who filed a complaint about gender pay discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims victory.

June 23, 2022

For one job, they faced 11 interviews and 4 tasks

When it comes to hiring, even in this tight job market, some employers are demanding too much.

June 16, 2022

My co-worker is asking to borrow my clothes

My co-worker's frequent comments on my work outfits, many of which are resale, are getting uncomfortable. Now she's asking to borrow them for a work event.

June 9, 2022