Do I have a right to demand employee be disciplined for insolence?

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Do I have a right to demand employee be disciplined for insolence?

As supervisor, I called an employee’s attention to her attitude towards me. Employee ran to HR where she began to insult me and make all kinds of accusations that were untrue and had nothing to do with the matter at hand. I tried to address the original issue but HR manager did nothing other than ask us to return to work in a civil fashion. I’ve asked HR several times for the employee’s apology or that she be disciplined. HR has refused to do so because the employee is the friend of the top boss. They have even refused to place a memo in her file or make any record of the incident.

Asked on August 4, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, I'm afraid that you do not have such a right here.  Unless there is something in your company policy covering this or you have a union/employment contract governing such a situation, you are an "at-will" employee.  As such, your employer can enforce whatever terms/work conditions that it chooses.  While unfortunate for you, it is perfectly permissible under the law.  Unless, you feel that you are being discriminated against due to race, religion or being a member of another protected class, there really isn't much that you can do here except to grin and bear it.


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