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I resigned from my office/billing position due to favoritism. I worked for an ophthalmologist she manages her employees, a total of 3. I addressed the issue as cordially as I could. Unfortunately, that led to hostility from my boss and the office pet. I was honest on why I was resigning and she was not happy to hear it. I was told by a potential employer that my former co-worker office pet refused to transfer the call to my previous manager Doctor or HR Dept which is non-existent when they called to ask about my employment there. She then answered questions that were asked and added certain things that were not true. Does she have a right to do this? Considering she is not an office manager and I never worked under her in fact she was there to assist me. I feel that it was not her place to answer any questions regarding another employee work performace or role.
Asked on July 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
An employer is allowed to play favorites: it's unfair, but it's legal. And an employer can let an assistant disregard, disrespect, ignore the orders of, or even sabotage, her manager. Employment is employment at will; that means, among other things, that you have no inherent rights in or to your job, or to have your job be done a certain way, and your employer is free to treat you worse than another employee. If you resigned due to not liking the working environment or favoritism, there is nothing which can do legally: the law lets you leave bad work enviromnents at will (that's another aspect of employment at will), but does not give you any compensation if you choose to do so.
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