What can be done regarding favoritism in the workplace?

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What can be done regarding favoritism in the workplace?

I was a shift supervisor and 2 male employees did not finish their shift for me. The general manager let them both come back and then scheduled one of them on my shift which he never showed up so we had to close early. When I went back to work, I found out that she still lets him work there. With everything else that was going on there at work, I did not want to get in an argument or an altercation so I left. Now I have to go talk to the district manager who already told me that it was up to her to bring me back or let me her to bring me back or let me come back.

Asked on May 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that favoritism in the workplace is not against the law, at least unless it constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. is based on race, religion, gender, disability age (over 40), nationality or the like). The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary. Accordingly, an employer can let an employee remain on the job as it deems appropriate. 


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