be hard done-by

be hard done-by

To be mistreated or abused; to be cheated; to be dejected. The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still claims he was hard done-by.
See also: hard

be/feel hard ˈdone by

(informal) be/feel unfairly treated: I think you’ve been hard done by — you worked twice as long as anyone else.
See also: done, feel, hard