I work for a national frozen foods wholesaler and we have 2 product lines, a nationally recognized product and a generic product that we let certain stores sell as there generic food. Our national product team get compensated considerably more than our team for doing the same job. The work is identical except for a few small features that are added to premium products and is in now way a specialized skill. A coworker of mine went to our department manager and asked that we be compensated as the packers in the premium line for doing the same job. Soon after our manager stopped talking to her and ignored her while offering advice and support to the rest of us. She would always talk about how she might get fired for doing this and just recently went to our hr department and told them of her concern. The HR manager is the wife of one of the people in my department but works on another team. The husband's boss's boss is our boss's boss. From what I understand she felt confident that she was going to be ok however the hr "generalist", who works for the HR manager, was sent to meet with the 2 of them. After their meeting my coworker became hysterical because they were picking apart her performance and refused to talk about her complaint.
I understand the right to hire part but is this not a conflict of interest for the HR underling to administer policy with her boss