Do I have the right to see a complaint filed against me in the workplace?

I recently was talked to in vague detail of a report filed against me. However, I was never really told what I did just that I accused someone of stealing tips. This is the second time a report has been made and honestly I feel it’s false. I have been harassed by employees, bullied. I feel targeted and not heard.

Asked on March 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maine

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you feel that you have been harrassed and bullied due to some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. based on your religion, race, age, disability, etc.), then you have a claim. However, you gave no indication of this being the case. Merely rude or boorish behavior does not give rise to a claim for a hostile work enviornment. Additionaly, unless the terms of an employment contract or union/collective bargaining agreement give you the right to view a complaint lodged against, you do not have such a right. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. At this point, you can either accept your current situation, complain but risk termination, or quit.


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