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  • Frivolous Complaint Against an Employee North Carolina

    I have a co-worker who received a formal complaint against her from a recognized "difficult" employee.

    The difficult employee has claimed she was treated un-professionally by my friend. The "difficult" employee was standing between my friend's desk and another desk when my friend stood up and walked away from the area. The "difficult" employee is saying that my friend didn't say anything to her and almost bolled her over trying to get by her.

    My friend was shocked to learn a complaint was filed and questioned the grounds for the complaint. She didn't touch the other employee when she passed, and is adamant about being shown in company policy where it says she must say hello or excuse me to someone.

    To me, this sounds like a petty slight, and maybe a pay back for something which could have happened in the past. However, My friend believes she has been slandered and is seeking advice for what her rights may or may not be. She went on to tell me that their wasn't any official process from the company HR dept, but the complaint would have bearing on her standing with her management group as their a high customer service oriented team.

    Just curious for other opinions. Is my friend correct to feel she's being harassed and slandered if in fact what she says happened is true?

    Can she pursue any activity against either the person who filed the complaint or the company?

  • #2
    Tell your friend to take a chill pill.
    Bob Bollinger, Attorney
    Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law
    Charlotte, NC

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    • #3
      Originally posted by complwyr View Post
      Tell your friend to take a chill pill.

      That's funny.

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      • #4
        You may or may not think it was funny... but it was sound legal advice.

        Not everything that makes you uncomfortable is legally actionable.
        Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

        I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

        Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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        • #5
          I really thought it was humorously funny as I told my friend the same words verbatim.

          Great example of how intent and tone are so easly misunderstood with electronic communication.

          Thanks for the reply complwyr. I forwarded the link to this thread to my buddy so he could have a look for himself.
          Last edited by radracer1; 04-08-2008, 09:51 AM.

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          • #6
            Then I apologize.

            I did read another tone into your response and I was wrong.

            Don't tell my wife I admitted that. She will print this and keep a copy in her wallet at all times.
            Not everything that makes you mad, sad or uncomfortable is legally actionable.

            I am not now nor ever was an attorney.

            Any statements I make are based purely upon my personal experiences and research which may or may not be accurate in a court of law.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cyjeff View Post
              Then I apologize.

              I did read another tone into your response and I was wrong.

              Don't tell my wife I admitted that. She will print this and keep a copy in her wallet at all times.
              It's all good.

              I know the feeling.

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              • #8
                She didn't touch the other employee when she passed, and is adamant about being shown in company policy where it says she must say hello or excuse me to someone. Your friend is being as foolish as the "difficult" employee and if she's not careful, she's going to be perceived the same way by management. She is ADAMANT that she be shown a policy that states she must be courteous to her co-workers???

                However, My friend believes she has been slandered and is seeking advice for what her rights may or may not be. Your friend is WAY over the deep end on this...

                What's next? A pitched "rubber band" battle at work for the two of them?

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