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    During a meeting my wife mentioned to her boss about the very unprofessional gossiping going on in the office. Her boss demanded an example which my wife sited one in the presence of the gossiping party and the person being gossip about. Now the boss accuses my wife of being unprofessional for doing so when she herself demanded an example.

    Can my wife complain about this to upper management?

    Thanks.

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    If you mean, can she complain about it to upper managment and be guaranteed that no adverse action can be taken against her, no. She can complain to anyone she wants, but complaining about "unprofessional behavior" is not protected so if upper management wanted to fire her for it, they could, and it would be legal. She would almost certainly get unemployment, but it would be a legal termination.

    Note that I am not saying they WILL fire her, only that they CAN fire her.

    If you mean, who is the next person she should complaint to, that is entirely up to company policy.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      She needs to be careful about complaining to upper management since we don't
      know what type of action they will take.

      Your wife knows the co. better than we do.
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