What to do about no due process for a write-up and a hostile work environment?

My teen daughter worked a short shift on Easter. Upon leaving she placed her cash drop of $183 in the safe. She failed to check to make sure it went down the shoot, her fault. She was called at home and told her deposit was not in the safe. She was not given any other information. She went in for her next shift and the manager said, ‘Where is my money?

Asked on March 28, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Your daughter's treatment is only actionable if her employer violated its own company policy or the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Also, her treatment must not have constituted legally actionable discrimination. This means that her treatment was based on her race, religion, gender, disability, age (over 40) or, in some states, sexual orientation. Otherwise, she has no claim. Boorish and rude behavior, while unprofessional, is not illegal. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship a company can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit or deems appropriate.


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