If a supervisor was told a co-worker was lying but they covered it up, what to do?

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If a supervisor was told a co-worker was lying but they covered it up, what to do?

I’ve reported numerous times a co-worker was taking extended lunches in excess of an hour when it’s supposed to be a half HR lunch. She’s lying to patients and clinic staff that we were closed when we were supposed to be open. I have proof of these accounts and the supervisor not only covers for the employee, but I was retaliated upon by management and am being harassed by this employee and the supervisor does nothing about it. I have to work with this person who bullies me and tells me to just shut my mouth and she is still lying. I thought I would be protected for speaking up but now I’m targeted by the department heads.

Asked on October 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that there really isn't much that you can do here. That is unless your treatment violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. The fact is that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination. in other words, your company's actions or inaction must have been the result of your race, religion, disability, nationality gender, age (over 40), or the like. Unfortunately, the lack of intergity or ethics on the part of an employer does not give rise to a legal claim.

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