What are my rights if I was falsely accused of creating a hostile work environment through words and actions?

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What are my rights if I was falsely accused of creating a hostile work environment through words and actions?

This co-worker is not being truthful.I have never had any problems with her performance, nor with her.

When I’m not working I chose her to stand in my place. Now pregnant, her duties are limited. I assist her along with other co-workers if she needs help. We are custodians and our work is routine, and we all work independently with minimal supervision. There are time were I have to show my team or them individually the proper way of doing something or ask them do it over at shifts, which rubs some of the workers the wrong way. I am assertive which I have been told it’s my tone. I have learned that it doesn’t matter how I say that some prefer I don’t say anything to them at all. Do I have a right to know specifics such as what specific words and actions I used that created the hostile work environment

due to get being pregnant? I have ask but was never given any specifics.

Asked on June 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract (including a union or collective bargaining contract) giving you the right to evidence, a hearing, etc., you have no rights when accused of creating a hostile work environment. Without a contract, you are an "employee at will" and you employer may discipline (up to and including termination) you at any time, for any reason, based on unproven allegations, and without giving you a right to defend yourself. Work is not court: you have no procedural or due process rights unless there is a written contract giving them to you.


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