What should I do if I was falsely accused of a safety violation?

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What should I do if I was falsely accused of a safety violation?

I drive a forklift and the trainer at my job was walking a potential hire on the dock near where we work. I went to park my vehicle for a moment and he claimed I got too close to them. I presented my case and said that I felt he was being disingenuous. I was told it didn’t matter what I thought and that I

had to be retrained. What are my options?

Asked on September 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Does this action violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract? Does your treatment constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. is it based on your race, religion, age (over 40), disability, gender, etc.)? If not, then as an "at will" worker, your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as is sees fit. For your part, you can either refuse the retraining but risk termination, or quit.


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