Is it legal for your boss to meet with other employees about you without you being present?

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Is it legal for your boss to meet with other employees about you without you being present?

I just recently took over a director position and 2 of the staff under me had a problem with how I ran an event this past weekend. They had scheduled a meeting with our employer about it and she wants to have the 3 of them meet; however 1 of the staff who had the initial problem came to me to discuss what she saw and we resolved the issue. The other staff member still wants to push the issue and our employer wants to keep the meeting secret and meet with both of them at the same time to discuss me. I feel as if this is an unprofessional way to conduct a meeting as there will not be anyone there to represent my side. Is this legal within the workplace or should it be handled one on one or with me present?

Asked on November 1, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Idaho

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Does this action violate the terms of an employment contract or union agreement? Does it in some way constitute a form of legally actionable discrimination? If not , then you have no legal recourse in this matter. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes who to meet with, when and why. At this point, check you company policy to see if such a meeting is allowed. If so, then you really have no other options here.


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