If I have been wrongfully accused of workplace bullying and harassment, do I have a right to know who accused me and what the allegations are?

After a successful 6 years of employment, I was wrongfully accused of workplace bullying and harassment. I have never been written up and they gave me a final warning. I’m not in a union so I understand that I apparently don’t have any rights except to sue my accusers of defamation. Do I at least have a right to know who accused me of what?

Asked on May 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You are correct about your lack of rights. You also do not have a right to know who the accuser is unless you sue, in which case you could use the legal process of "discovery" (e.g. a subpoena) to get the information. You could potentially file a lawuit against a fictitious person (e.g. "John Doe, an employee of ....") then once the suit is filed, use legal process to get the information.


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