Norsk. folkemuseum - Maritimt Museum.
"You sending Intelligence Signals to others"!
While working at Kon-tiki Museum, one of my colleagues suggested that I apply to work at the Norwegian Maritime Museum as it offered a broader range of work opportunities. I contacted the museum's manager, E.B., and arranged a meeting to discuss my skills as a designer and artist.
At the meeting, E.B. requested that I write to him outlining how I could contribute to the museum. I promptly sent him my resume and examples of my previous work at Kon-tiki. I was subsequently hired to work in the exhibition department in Fall 2016.
However, my experience at the Norwegian Maritime Museum was marred by my boss's unethical behavior towards me. From the outset, he exhibited strange behavior, refusing to give me an office space or parking permission for my car at the museum car parking. He monitored my actions, scrutinizing what I printed and questioning my whereabouts when I was working on the museum's premises.
After weeks it seemed to bother my co-workers, so they asked him to give me an office that I can work in, so I got an office just after my colleagues request. He refused even to get an email in my name for the work! But my co-workers were always against his behavior, they give me an email address in spite of him.
Despite the support of my colleagues, who introduced me to the museum facilities and halls and provided me with an email address, I was subjected to constant surveillance by my boss. He even monitored my food intake, watching my hands.
Even though his erratic behavior, I persevered and completed many successful projects for the museum. However, my bosswas unsatisfied and accused me of trying to signal that I was smarter than my colleagues. In reality, I had simplycompleted an exhibition in a short amount of time, I completed an exhibition in a few days, he invited me to his office asked me to close the door behind me and then said, 'Victor, don't give signals that you are smarter than all of us!!! Do you understand me??? You are notsmarter than all of us!' He was angry and screaming like crazy!!!
I asked him, 'Has anyone complained to you about me?' He said no. Then I asked him, 'You called me to your officeshivering in anger to tell me this nonsense? I thought you wanted to thank me for what I have done!'".
Despite my colleagues' effortsto intervene, my boss's behavior remained unchanged. However, I continued to work diligently and even collaboratedwith other museums using the museum's car.
The museum was lagging behind in terms of art and design, and I was attempting to elevate its aesthetic and artistic standards. I was able to convince some of the employees to agree with me after showing them examples and explaining the concepts of design and art.
"However, there was always a sense of unwarranted pride present that stood as an obstacle to accepting the changes I was making."
"It has repeatedly been refused to improve the level of design at the museum. Despite providing studies, design projects, and solutions to enhance the museum's suites and lighting centers, they have been ignored. Dozens of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries have already been damaged due to the lack of experience and ignorance in preserving them. Heaters were placed under the paintings like barbecues, and visitors damaged the paintings with keys and tools during visiting hours. Even the wood frames were destroyed and cracked. This was the first study I presented to him with solutions on the third day of my work there, on October 20, 2016."
I still have copies of the reports, studies, and solutions that I presented to the museum, but they were neglected due to the boss's arrogance and stupidity.
In my report, I included pictures of the problems, along with examples of solutions, which I presented to the boss. However, he remained arrogant and dismissive, claiming that a private company came monthly to take care of the paintings. When I asked my colleagues about this, they said it was not true.
I confronted the boss and told him that we needed to save the paintings now. He responded by saying that the paintings were not important and that they would be thrown away later anyway. I was appalled and reminded him that these paintings were hundreds of years old. He replied, "Yes, we got them as gifts for free, and we will change that hall later."
I began to doubt his intentions and asked my colleagues to request that he turn off the heaters under the paintings. He eventually complied, but by then, the paintings had already been damaged. Someone had attempted to fix them randomly and ignorantly, resulting in thick layers of varnish that only made the damage worse.
Huge amounts of money were allocated to projects that were supposed to be implemented by me, but the boss would tell me not to bother and that it was his problem. He would tell me to leave the place and that I had to go. The man suffered from a severe and abnormal tendency of aggression towards me.
One of the children's projects, a children's magazine for exhibitions and their contents has been canceled too.
I continued working on several projects with my colleagues, which had already been funded and money had been spent on them. However, his unethical and aggressive behavior towards me as a foreigner had become unbearable after five months there. He went too far and crossed the line. I began to despise myself, my life, and the place I was in, until I stuck a picture of an alien on my badge. It made me feel like I was an alien from another planet.
The boss informed me in spring 2017 that it was time for me to leave the museum and find another job. However, I requested that he acknowledge my accomplishments during my time there by providing me with a signed document detailing what I had achieved. He agreed and wrote a summary of my achievements, although he mentioned that he couldn't include everything on the document. This document was signed by his manager, Tove which in turn she agreed with his actions.
I started to have many doubts about the integrity of the management. Although I notified the management more than once, the matter was completely ignored. I knew I wasn't mistaken because they just showed their support and agreement with the boss and the way he treated me. They didn't even show any resentment or regret; it was quite the opposite - they took a proud position.
I refused to let my boss humiliate me or stand in a weak position in front of him just because he was my boss. This was driving him crazy. I proved my point of discrimination and rejected such inappropriate behavior, and there was no longer any reason to be silent. I complained to the Norwegian center against racism of foreigners in Norway, and it became a big matter in many managements. When his managers asked him the reason for his actions, he told them that "he is just human doing mistakes"! However, this man was in his 60s and not a child, teenager or young man!
My colleagues had a different view of him. They told me that my presence made him feel confused, insecure and lose self-confidence about his position as a boss because I knew much and was able to do a lot. But even if this were true, what he did with me falls under the fifth paragraph of the Harassment and Discrimination Act in the Norwegian law.
Despite the difficulties, constant harassment, and problems that surrounded me from my boss, it was an important test of my ability to work and control my patience and ability to work in an aggressive environment with someone who was supposed to be a boss, but behaved aggressively and discriminately towards me. I accomplished a lot in a short period of time!
The boss wouldn't admit what I did if I hadn't told him I would leave the place!
With great energy and considerable courage Victor has been engaged in, and partly leading a number of projects related to exhibitions and education during his time at the NMM:
• Taking initiative for a new attention re
garding conservation of the museum’s art collection. This resulted in a project leaded by the Department of Conservation of the Folk Museum.
• Designing and managing the installation of temporary exhibition “The taste of the 1700”, including design of a poster.
• Taking down temporary exhibition “Ocean Hope”
• Designing a booklet for children for the exhibition “At sea!”
• Assisting maintenance in the exhibition “No one shall drown”
• Various tasks in the Boat hall as preparation for a new exhibition which will open in
Victor has participated in all meetings in the Department of Exhibitions at the Norwegian Maritime Museum. He has also taken part in many smaller or bigger tasks at the museum, always with considerable energy. We have known Victor as a very competent and enthusiastic employee.
Norwegian law contains many regulations that strictly forbid, prohibit and criminalize harassment and discrimination.
This is one of the provisions of the law which that was breached with me.
Many of its clauses and provisions have been violated with me which punishable by law under the penal code in Norway.
§ 5. Prohibition of harassment
Harassment on grounds as mentioned in § 4 first paragraph is prohibited. By harassment is meant acts, omissions or statements that act or are intended to be offensive, intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating.
It is prohibited to contribute to a violation of the provision in the first paragraph.
The employer and the management of organizations or educational institutions shall, within their area of responsibility, prevent and seek to prevent harassment in violation of the first paragraph.
§ 6. Prohibition of instructions
It is forbidden 1 to give instructions to discriminate or harass on the basis as mentioned in § 4 first paragraph 2 It is also forbidden to give instructions on retaliation in violation of § 9.
It is prohibited 1 to contribute to a violation of the provision in the first paragraph.
0 Amended by Act no. 28 of 20 May 2005 (ISK from the time stipulated by Act) as amended by Act no. 74 of 19 June 2009.
1 See §§ 14 and 15.
2 Sml. Act of 9 June 1978 no. 45 § 3 (6) and aml. § 13-1 No. 2.
§ 5.Forbud mot trakassering1
Trakassering på grunnlag som nevnt i § 4 første ledd er forbudt.2 Med trakassering menes handlinger, unnlatelser eller ytringer som virker eller har til formål å virke krenkende, skremmende, fiendtlig, nedverdigende eller ydmykende.2
Det er forbudt3 å medvirke til brudd på bestemmelsen i første ledd.
Arbeidsgiver og ledelsen i organisasjoner eller utdanningsinstitusjoner skal innenfor sitt ansvarsområde forebygge og søke å hindre at det skjer trakassering i strid med første ledd.
0Endres ved lov 20 mai 2005 nr. 28 (ikr. fra den tid som fastsettes ved lov) som endret ved lov 19 juni 2009 nr. 74.1Sml. lov 20 juni 2008 nr. 42 § 6.2Jf. strl. 1902 § 135 a, strl. 2005 § 185 (ikke ikr.).3Se §§ 14 og 15.
§ 6.Forbud mot instruks
Det er forbudt1 å gi instruks om å diskriminere eller trakassere på grunnlag som nevnt i § 4 første ledd.2 Det er også forbudt å gi instruks om gjengjeldelse i strid med § 9.
Det er forbudt1 å medvirke til brudd på bestemmelsen i første ledd.
0Endres ved lov 20 mai 2005 nr. 28 (ikr. fra den tid som fastsettes ved lov) som endret ved lov 19 juni 2009 nr. 74.1Se §§ 14 og 15.2Sml. lov 9 juni 1978 nr. 45 § 3 (6) og aml. § 13-1 nr. 2.
When I opened the work harassment page in Norwegian law with its many ramifications, I found that many of them had already been breached with me. This was documented with my managers in other departments at the time when I complained after enduring a torment that lasted for more than five months.
These challenges, difficulties, and injustices can help you gain experience, wisdom, and sophistication in your career, when you be in a difficult and unfair situation with your boss and the management of your workplace.
You have to take action to address the discrimination and harassment you experiencing. No one should have to endure such treatment in the workplace, and it's important to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, which it does not happen in that place.
You must be able to maintain your professionalism and continue to work diligently despite the challenges you facing. This is a testament to your strength and resilience. then try to find a more supportive and positive work environment after leaving your toxic job and environment you in.
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