Can the CEO of a company verbally abuse managers on allegations made by employees anonymously ny employees?

Our CEO recently ask staff to evaluate their managers and directors and told them they could do so anonymously. Myself, my director and 2 other managers were brought to his office where he began to read comments and used the term “the managers” without any reference to the team or specific manager. We were accused of favoritism, employees being allowed to cheat to get incentive and many more untrue accusations. He was extremely loud and tone was accusatory. The issues were addressed in HR and founded to be only the opinion of the employee; there was no documentation or even examples that were cited His behavior was inappropriate and unbecoming/

Asked on July 1, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This is completely legal, unless you have an employment contract which somehow (such as in any provisions governing performance reviews and/or discipline) bars it. That's because in the absence of a contractual term to the contrary, employers determine how to review and/or discipline employees, and may do so however they like; they are also not required to substantiate or prove any complaints or allegations, again, unless there is a contract to the contrary.

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