Received Verbal Warning for Gossip

I reported a coworker verbally threatening to harm another coworker and I
received a verbal warning for gossip?

Asked on September 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that provides you with protection under the circumstances, or your treatment constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination (which you did not indicate), you have no rights in this situation. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will", which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes who is given a warning, when and for what.

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